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Out-of-School Time Policy Commentary #17: The Common Core Standards: What do they Mean for Out-of-School Time? The expansion of the Common Core State Standards in education opens new doors for out-of-school time (OST) providers to align their work with schools. 7/31/2012
2012 Nashville After Zone Alliance Quality Improvement Intervention Report This report summarizes key findings from the NAZA quality improvement intervention in the Northeast and South Central Zones 7/31/2012
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
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
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
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
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
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
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