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Youth Program Quality Implications for Policy and Practice

The Youth Program Quality Intervention (YPQI) offers a continuous improvement approach that flips traditional professional development upside-down: the intervention leads with performance assessment, and then engages staff in a multi-month cycle of planning and improvement. The YPQI study, the first experimental investigation of a data-driven, continuous improvement intervention in the after-school field, occurred from 2006-2008. We set out to understand if the YPQI could improve the quality of youth experiences in afterschool programs.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012
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A substantial and growing evidence base confirms that afterschool programs can make a positive difference for youth in the critical domains of achievement, social and civic skills, and risk reduction. However, many programs do not realize this potential, and a primary reason for this may be the quality of experiences available to youth in these settings. Improving quality is therefore a priority for the afterschool field. Evidence suggests that the predominant form of professional development—staff training without follow-up—rarely produces sustained change in practice.
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Driving K-12 Reform through a College-Access and Success Agenda

Designed for school superintendents, this toolkit will guide anyone looking to better understand the use of college-going data.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012
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This toolkit is designed to help school leaders embrace the use of college-going data to improve K-12 outcomes and drive more students to college persistence and success.
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Connecting the Dots: Data Sharing in States and Communities to Better Connect Youth Services Webinar Recording

This growing network of providers creates a greater incentive for the families, city agencies, nonprofits and neighborhood-based organizations to collaborate. It also multiplies the management challenge. Without effective systems to coordinate these services and measure their impact, these provider networks are subject to the same service gaps and duplications of effort that afflict all large systems of care. In this webinar our speakers focused on efforts to align community and state data, and about tools to improve effectiveness.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012
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Many leaders and educators are adopting strategies to expand the learning day, develop deep partnerships in the community and provide a range of supportive out-of-school time programs. The success of these initiatives hinges not on any single investment or organization, but on their collective impact on the student. The student, rather than the school, is increasingly at the center of how communities think about and measure their results.
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