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Getting to Engagement: Building an Effective After-school Program High/Scope ReSource Spring 2007 - When it comes to designing an after-school program where young people feel safe and want to show up, and where genuine learning occurs, point-of-service (POS) quality matters most. 5/1/2007
Full Findings From the Youth PQA Validation Study High/Scope Technical Report - Youth PQA Validation Study 2005 1/1/2005
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
From Soft Skills to Hard Data: Measuring Youth Program Outcomes Everyone who runs a youth program believes in their hearts that their program helps kids – but in their heads, they know they need convincing data to prove it. This guide from the Forum for Youth Investment – From Soft Skills to Hard Data: Measuring Youth Program Outcomes – updated from 2011, is here to help them get it. 1/16/2014
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
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
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
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
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
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