Data Use in Out-of-School Time, Part I: Bridging Practice and Research through Continuous Improvement
Out-of-school time programs sometimes struggle to define and measure what afterschool does, and why it matters for kids and families. Too often, programs are asked to measure outcomes that are only tangentially related to what they do, which can be frustrating for everyone. It doesn’t have to be this way!
The Afterschool Alliance is excited to host this webinar in partnership with Every Hour Counts, a national coalition of expanded-learning intermediary organizations that increases access to quality learning opportunities. Every Hour Counts has developed a Measurement Framework to help intermediary organizations use data at the youth, program, and system level to guide continuous improvement. In this session, we’ll share the essentials of the framework and hear how two out-of-school time intermediaries, Boston After School & Beyond and the Providence After School Alliance, put the framework into practice. Presenters will share useful tips for intermediaries and out-of-school time networks on how to apply the measurement framework to their own continuous improvement process.
This presentation is part of a two-part series featuring contributors to Measure, Use, Improve! Data Use in Out-of-School Time, from Information Age Publishing.
- Jessica Donner, Executive Director, Every Hour Counts
- Anamarie Auger Whitaker, Author, “Putting Data to Work for Young People: A Ten-Step Guide for Expanded Learning Intermediaries,” RAND Corporation and University of Delaware
- Ann Durham, Deputy Director, Providence After School Alliance
- Lisa Gomi Hui, Director of Measurement & Improvement, Boston After School & Beyond
- Corey Newhouse, Founder and Principal, Public Profit
Image: Students at Harlem Lacrosse in Boston complete their practice with a team activity that fosters collaboration and teamwork. Photo credit: Mark Curreri Photography, Boston After School & Beyond.
Data Use in OST, Part II: Building Afterschool Systems
How to Build a Comprehensive Afterschool System in Rural and Frontier Regions
Out-of-school time programs in rural and frontier regions serve youth throughout the nation. Yet many existing frameworks to support out-of-school time professionals are misaligned with the unique needs of rural and frontier communities, unintentionally preventing staff in these programs from building their own skills.
When? Monday, February 22, 2021 at 2pm EST
In this session, learn how the Wyoming Afterschool Alliance (WYAA) and the National Institute on Out-of-School Time (NIOST) partnered to create a statewide system of quality improvement from the ground up. Key features of the current system include program self-assessment processes facilitated by quality improvement coaches, with a strong focus on building programs’ internal capacity to provide high quality OST experiences. Panelists will speak about the unique assets that programs in rural and frontier regions bring, as well as strategies they use to address programs’ geographic isolation.
This session will offer practical guidance to anyone seeking to meaningfully engage programs in rural and frontier areas in continuous quality improvement. This presentation is part of a two-part series featuring contributors to Measure, Use, Improve! Data Use in Out-of-School Time, from Information Age Publishing.
- Linda Barton, (former) Wyoming Afterschool Alliance
- Ellen Gannett, National Institute of Out-of-School Time
- Corey Newhouse, Public Profit
- Kathy Schleyer, National Institute on Out-of-School Time