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Tracking Child & Youth Well-being

This commentary provides an overview of four sources of data for child and youth well-being and calls for more robust indicators to reflect the full picture of child and youth development. This can be used to prompt conversation about the quality of data in a community and how data can be gathered that is reflective of the ‘big picture’ of child and youth outcomes.

Thursday, August 5, 2010
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This report is an analysis by the Forum for Youth Investment of several studies on child and youth well-being. The paper outlines how tools such as the Ready by 21 developmental dashboard can help leaders be effective.

Ready by 21 Leadership Capacity Audit Sample Recommendations

Leadership capacity audits serve the same purpose as financial audits. They provide leaders with a structured opportunity to receive feedback on core functions that are critical to their mission so that they can increase their overall horsepower to make sustained change. The attached list of key findings and recommendations from a generic city will give you an idea of the helpful guidance this process can have.

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Friday, August 5, 2011
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Broader partnerships, bigger goals, better data, bolder actions to improve program quality, consistency and reach – these are the goals of leadership. To support this work, the Forum for Youth Investment has developed the leadership capacity audit: a set of structured surveys, interviews and processes designed to assess a community's overall leadership capacities. This process involves a series of stakeholder interviews and analysis of key indicators and data sources, and results in a set of findings and recommendations like this document.
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New Mexico Children's Cabinet 2011 Report Card & Budget Report

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Thursday, August 4, 2011
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The New Mexico Children's Cabinet 2011 Report Card & Budget Report is the seventh iteration of the document, which has garnered national recognition for its innovation. In addition to annually tracking progress on child and youth indicators that correspond to the Children's Cabinet's five result areas (healthy, educated, safe, supported and involved), the report quantifies public spending for each area.
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Measuring Youth Program Quality: A Guide to Assessment Tools, 2nd Edition

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 interest in program quality is shared by practitioners, policy makers and researchers in the youth-serving sector.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009
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Program quality assessment and improvement continue to be central themes in the after-school and youth development fields. This guide compares the purpose, history, structure, methodology, content and technical properties of different program observation tools.

Making Quality Count: Lessons Learned from the Ready by 21 Quality Counts Initiative

Thursday, August 4, 2011
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The Ready by 21 Quality Counts initiative engaged leaders and intermediaries from 12 cities and states around the country with a bold challenge – improving the quality and reach of out-of-school time programming. This report provides an overview of key lessons learned and recommendations.

nFocus Software

For more than thirteen years, nFocus Software has successfully implemented solutions to track and measure outcomes for more than 2.2 million children in all fifty states and Canada. nFocus Software customers include nonprofit organizations, Fortune 500 companies, and the federal government, with organizations ranging from local sites with fewer than 100 individuals, to state-wide deployments serving thousands of individuals, to the United States Army.

Gallup

Gallup employs many of the world's leading scientists in management, economics, psychology, and sociology, and our consultants assist leaders in identifying and monitoring behavioral economic indicators worldwide. Gallup consultants help organizations boost organic growth by increasing customer engagement and maximizing employee productivity through measurement tools, coursework and strategic advisory services.

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