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Does Quality Matter in Afterschool? Expanded Learning and Youth Outcomes New findings from three rigorous evaluations conducted by American Institutes for Research demonstrate that participation in high-quality afterschool programs can improve school success. This session will share the findings from these studies, interpret the pattern and magnitude of effects and discuss the implications of this evidence for afterschool policies. 4/23/2014
Evaluation of Afterschool Improvement Process This paper describes validity of QIS performance measures and longitudinal change over four years in Oklahoma 21st CCLC programs. 7/13/2017
Evaluation of the Youth-Driven Spaces Project The Youth-Driven Space (YDS) program, funded by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, was comprised of a coaching/training model implemented in eight youth-serving organizations in Michigan. The intervention was designed and conducted by The Neutral Zone in collaboration with The David P. Weikart Center for Youth Program Quality (Weikart Center) and S|Y|N Associates. 3/1/2012
Evidence of Effectiveness for Training in the HighScope Participatory Learning Approach Evidence of Effectiveness for Training in the HighScope Participatory Learning Approach 11/1/2005
External Assessment Using the YPQA In this technical assistance brief we describe how external assessment, a key component of the YPQI, can provide OST program managers with detailed profiles of quality within their organizations. These profiles can help sustain higher stakes quality improvement efforts and bring more precision to interpretation of their program quality. 9/20/2010
Family Engagement and Middle Grades Transitions: The Role of Afterschool Programs (Presentation at the Youth-Nex Conference, Charlottesville, VA) At the 2012 Youth-Nex conference at the University of Virginia, Dr. Charles Smith had the opportunity to show the important role that afterschool programs can play in engaging families to support middle school transitions. 10/18/2012
Final Report on the Palm Beach Quality Improvement System Pilot: Model Implementation and Program Quality Improvement in 38 After - school Programs Evaluation report on the Palm Beach County's Quality Improvement System pilot for out-of-school time programs 1/15/2008
Findings From the Self-Assessment Pilot in Michigan 21st Century Learning Centers Findings From the Self-Assessment Pilot in Michigan 21st Century Learning Centers 1/1/2005
Framing an Evidence-Based Decision about 21st CCLC: How do we see the value? In this policy commentary, we do some reasoning about how 21st CCLC produces value and discuss the limitations in one particular way of seeing that value – the intent-to-treat impact evaluation design. 3/27/2015
From Soft Skills to Hard Data: Measuring Youth Program Outcomes From Soft Skills to Hard Data reviews eight youth outcome measurement tools that are appropriate for use in after-school and other settings. For each tool, it provides sample items and crucial information about usability, cost, and evidence of reliability and validity. 10/4/2011