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The Youth PQA in the Georgetown Divide This inspiring 12-minute video documents how the Georgetown Divide, a small community in the Sierra foothills of Northern California has embraced a positive youth development approach across the settings where youth spend time and has anchored that commitment through widespread use of the Youth Program Quality Assessment. 10/13/2010
School's Out: Policy Implications of Quality Accountability and Assessment in Afterschool Programs In a webinar broadcast October 14, 2010, panelists Tabitha Grossman (National Governors Association Center for Best Practices ), Charles Smith (David P. Weikart Center for Youth Program Quality and The Forum for Youth Investment) and Julie Spielberger (Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago) looked at approaches to quality improvement, assessment, and accountability in afterschool programs in states and local communities around the country and the implications for policy. 10/14/2010
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
Oklahoma 21st CCLC Quality Improvement Pilot Project Report Beginning in the spring of 2010, Oklahoma 21st Century programs partnered with the David P. Weikart Center for Youth Program Quality to pilot a quality improvement system in 21st Century after-school sites across the state. 11/1/2010
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
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
Moving Towards Quality This inspiring 14-minute video was made by Community Bridge Video for the California Afterschool Network about the Youth Program Quality Assessment tool and other point-of-service evaluations. 12/20/2011
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
The Youth Program Quality Intervention (YPQI) Research Study: Implications for Policy and Practice Researchers found that the Youth Program Quality Intervention - a scalable, evidence-based continuous improvement model - increases quality among a wide range of afterschool systems, is sustainable and cost-effective, and might boost staff retention. 2/29/2012
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