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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
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
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
Design Study for the Summer Learning Program Quality Intervention (SLPQI): Final-Year Intervention Design and Evaluation Results The SLPQI was the subject of a four-year Design Study involving 152 providers in seven cities.This report presents final specification of the SLPQI design, supports, measures, and performance benchmarks. 3/12/2017
Cycle of Assessments and Improvements Boosts Afterschool Quality Afterschool programs get better the more they assess themselves and make changes based on those assessments, says the recently released report on the Youth Program Quality Intervention study by the Weikart Center. At a time when quality improvement is a priority for the afterschool field, the report says that a cycle of assessing staff practices, planning based on the assessment and targeted training improves the quality of services delivered to young people. 3/27/2012
Continuous Quality Improvement in Afterschool Settings: Impact findings from the Youth Program Quality Intervention study This study, funded by the W.T. Grant Foundation, evaluates the Youth Program Quality Intervention (YPQI), a data-driven continuous improvement model for afterschool systems. Using a rigorous, experimental design, the research finds that the YPQI produces a cascade of positive effects, resulting in improved program quality at the point of service. 2/29/2012
Camp Fire USA Quality Improvement Field Test Report Camp Fire USA National Office commissioned the David P. Weikart Center for Youth Program Quality (Weikart Center) to help build and implement a quality improvement system for Camp Fire Councils across the United States using the Youth Program Quality Intervention as a model. 2/1/2011
Bridge Conference 2014: Making Learning Personal Charles Smith, executive director at the Weikart Center gave two presentations at the Bridge Conference in October. The first was titled Afterschool Quality Linked to School Success Outcomes and introduced a model for how skills are developed in afterschool programs and how these skills might transfer to other settings. He then presented replicated findings that confirm the importance of program quality in demonstrating school outcomes – and discussed why social and emotional skills are a likely unmeasured link in this chain. The second was titled Building Social Emotional Skills in Afterschool: Early findings from SCE’s SEL Challenge and described a study of eight exemplary programs that build social emotional learning (SEL) skills in teens. 10/27/2014
Afterschool Quality and School-Day Outcomes High/Scope Technical Report -- Analysis of the Relationship between Program Quality and School-Day Outcomes - 2007 1/1/2007
Afterschool Quality and Outcomes: How Quality Improvement Systems Can Matter for Children and Youth (Presentation at Bridge Conference, Seattle, Washington) This session provides a multi-level perspective on quality improvement systems (QIS) for afterschool settings. 10/8/2012