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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
Full Findings From the Youth PQA Validation Study High/Scope Technical Report - Youth PQA Validation Study 2005 1/1/2005
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
Improving quality at the point of service Quality in youth programs happens at the point of service and is driven by staff intentionality, supportive professional communities, and aligned system priorities. 1/28/2007
Integrating Innovation and Best Practice: The Message Matters for Afterschool Policy and Funding The Michigan AfterSchool Association Fall Collaborative Conference was held this October for professionals, direct service staff, advocates and supporters of expanded learning opportunities in Michigan. Charles Smith, executive director of the Weikart Center, led the keynote address, Integrating Innovation and Best Practice: The Message Matters for Afterschool Policy & Funding. This presentation focused on emerging findings about afterschool impact on school success and how social and emotional skills are the missing link. 10/20/2014
Inter-rater Reliability on the Youth Program Quality Assessment High/Scope Technical Report - Analysis of Youth PQA Inter-rater Reliability - 2007 1/1/2007
Knowledge Gains from Professional Development Training: Report on the Palm Beach County Afterschool Educator Certificate Pilot This report provides findings from the first year of the Palm Beach County Afterschool Educator Certificate (PBC-AEC) pilot. It appears that year one of the AEC pilot successfully increased youth worker knowledge. 10/18/2010
Making AfterSchool Work for High School Youth In August 2008, the Lansing School District contracted with the Weikart Center to develop a one-year intervention that would dramatically improve management capacity, the quality of instruction at the point of service, and ultimately, attendance by high school aged youth. 1/1/2010
Making Quality a Full-Time Job How one of the country's largest YMCAs is expanding efforts to improve services to kids. 7/31/2012
Measuring Youth Program Quality: A Guide to Assessment Tools, 2nd Edition Program quality assessment and improvement continue to be central themes in the after-school and youth development fields. In March 2007 we released the first edition of this report comparing the purpose, history, structure, methodology, content and technical properties of different program observation tools. 1/12/2009