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Quality Matters: The Pilot Report to the Community Quality Matters is one of three of United Way's community change strategies, and is focused on strengthening out-of-school time programming by providing training and coaching for youth program staff on ways they can better engage children and youth enrolled in their programs, while teaching them valuable life skills along the way. This report documents the results of the five-month Quality Matters pilot project. 8/16/2010
Quality Counts: Nashville After Zone Alliance Quality Improvement Pilot Final Report This report summarizes key findings from the NAZA quality improvement pilot and offer recommendations for expanding and sustaining its impacts. 7/31/2010
"Work in Progress" Webinar Series This webinar will provide information on the elements of the TACSS model, implementation successes and challenges, and the foundational partnership between state education agency, non-profit research and technical assistance organization, and university-based evaluation team. 6/15/2010
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
The Michigan Technical Assistance and Coaching Support Services (TACSS) Initiative In 2009, MDE partnered with the Weikart Center to provide increased professional development offerings for all grantees and intensive training, coaching, and technical assistance (TA) for a subset of referred grantees. The TACSS initiative was developed as a scalable quality improvement intervention. 1/1/2010
Quality and accountability in the out-of-school-time sector Article describing and offering advice on the appropriate use of the Youth Program Quality Assessment and similar measurement tools. 4/8/2009
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
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
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