That's one lesson from a new study about how participation in a continuous quality improvement initiative produced higher-quality practices in Rhode Island's afterschool programs. Understanding the "How" of Quality Improvement: Lessons from the Rhode Island Program Quality Intervention found that quality improvement begins with program managers, who then lead the process of change.
Read the study in Afterschool Matters, a journal published by the National Institute on Out-of-School Time. Rhode Island's quality improvement system is based on the Youth Program Quality Intervention, developed by the Forum's David P. Weikart Center for Youth Program Quality. Learn more about the Weikart Center's quality improvement tools and services here.