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Afterschool Alliance
The Afterschool Alliance is a nonprofit organization dedicated to raising awareness of the importance of afterschool programs and advocating for quality, affordable programs for all children.
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Critical Hours: Afterschool Programs and Educational Success
Critical Hours from the Nellie Mae Education Foundation synthesizes information available from studies of afterschool programs and offers conclusions about the contributions of afterschool programs to children's overall success in school. The report pays special attention to the academic achievement and overall development of middle school students.
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Detangling Data Collection: Methods for Gathering Data
This article, published in August 2004 as part of the Out-of-School Time Evaluation Snapshot series from the Harvard Family Research Project, describes the common data collection methods used by current out-of-school time programs to evaluate their implementation and outcomes. It provides detailed information about using surveys and questionnaires, interviews and focus groups, observations, tests and assessments, and secondary sources and data reviews.
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Effective and Promising Summer Learning Programs and Approaches for Economically-Disadvantaged Children and Youth
Effective summer programs can reduce summer learning loss among low-income youth, a leading cause of the achievement gap between low-income and more affluent students. This report from Child Trends reviews the limited number of summer learning programs that have been rigorously evaluated and suggests that these programs are likely to have positive impacts when they engage students in activities that are hands-on, enjoyable, and have real-world applications.
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Evaluation Exchange: Evaluating Out-of-School Time Program Quality
The Evaluation Exchange, Harvard Family Research Project's evaluation periodical, addresses current issues facing program evaluators of all levels, with articles written by the most prominent evaluators in the field. This issue focuses on assessing and improving the quality of out-of-school time and youth development programs. Articles cover innovative methodologies and new technology systems for assessing quality, strategies for recruitment and retention, and understanding and measuring participation. Access other issues of the Evaluation Exchange focusing on out-of-school time.
Download the issue. was created by the Interagency Working Group on Youth Programs (IWGYP), which is composed of representatives from 12 federal departments and 6 federal agencies that support programs and services focusing on youth. The IWGYP promotes the goal of positive, healthy outcomes for youth by:
1. Maintaining
2. Identifying and disseminating promising and effective strategies
3. Promoting enhanced collaboration
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Measuring Youth Program Quality: A Guide to Assessment Tools
With the after-school and youth development fields expanding and maturing over the past several years, program quality assessment has emerged as a central theme. This March 2007 guide from the Forum for Youth Investment examines several youth program quality assessment tools and helps you decide if the tools are right for your program.
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National Institute on Out-of-School Time
The National Institute on Out-of-School Time (NIOST) brings national attention to the importance of children's out-of-school time. NIOST initiative include research, evaluation and consultation, policy development and public awareness, and training and curriculum development.
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National Youth Development Information Center
The National Youth Development Information Center (NYDIC) website is a one-stop shop for youth workers with interest in funding, programming, research, policy, and job and training opportunities. NYDIC provides current news to the youth development field and has one of the largest online libraries, providing practice-related information at low-cost or no cost.
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Promising Practices in Afterschool
Promising Practices in Afterschool (PPAS) provides practitioners with a forum to find and share things that are working in afterschool programs. Visit the PPAS website to share your own promising practices or browse promising practices from around the country.
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Strategies to Develop a High-quality Apprenticeship Experience for High School Youth
The After School Apprenticeship Program (ASAP), from The Collaborative for Building After-School Systems, is a promising after-school strategy that engages teens in experiences that excite them, connects them with career experts, and builds real world skills that prepare them for college and careers. This website provides resource links and program contacts for learning more information about implementing an apprenticeship after-school program in your area.
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