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Ready News: January 16, 2014

Ready News
January 16, 2014

Data to Measure Youth Program Outcomes


Data to Measure Youth Program Outcomes

Everyone who runs a youth program believes in their hearts that their program helps kids - but in their heads, they know they need data to prove it. This updated guide from the Forum for Youth Investment - From Soft Skills to Hard Data: Measuring Youth Program Outcomes - will help them get it. 

From Soft Skills to Hard Data addresses a common problem throughout the youth field: We know that out-of-school time programs can help youth develop skills and attributes they need to be ready for college, work and life - but few programs have the tools to effectively measure those outcomes. Finding the right one can be daunting.

 The updated guide reviews 10 youth outcome measurement tools that are appropriate for use in afterschool and other settings. For each tool, it provides sample items and crucial information about usability, cost, and evidence of reliability and validity. A companion to the Forum's Measuring Youth Program Quality, the guide can help providers select conceptually grounded, psychometrically sound measures.  

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Collective Impact 

Achieving Collective Impact: How Partnerships Change Community Outcomes

Join this three-day workshop to learn how to create the five conditions of collective impact through clear, sequenced steps - from partnership creation, community engagement and goal setting through to problem analysis, intervention design, implementation, evaluation and improvement. Participants will learn how to take a Big Picture Approach to tackle a range of underlying issues in their communities, and focus on implementing the nuts and bolts of collective impact strategies. 

March 4-6, Silver Spring, Md.
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Substance Abuse 

Calling All Youth Champions Against Drug Abuse

In honor of National Drug Facts Week (Jan. 27 through Feb. 2), SparkAction, a division of the Forum for Youth Investment, is accepting applications to find the Top 24 Under 24 Mythbusters: youth who are informing and empowering peers to make smart decisions about drug and alcohol use.

Learn more and nominate yourself or someone you know by Jan. 17.

Program Quality

Training for Youth Work Management

Want to learn how to train your afterschool staff to increase the quality of their work? This Training of Trainers helps managers and site leaders support their sites throughout the quality improvement cycle developed by the Forum's Weikart Center for Youth Program Quality. Graduates of this Youth Work Management Training of Trainers course can facilitate the Weikart Center's Planning with Data and Quality Coaching workshops, and provide comprehensive support to staff who are involved in the process. Registration deadline is Jan. 31.

March 13-14, Chicago, Ill.
Find out more.

Ready by 21 National Meeting
Join hundreds of leaders from across the country who are dedicated to improving the odds for children and youth through collective impact initiatives, policy alignment and program quality improvement.

April 22-24, Northern Kentucky
Find out more - including a new summary of what the meeting will focus on and what topics will be covered.
Only two weeks remain to take advantage of our Early Bird pricing. Register today!



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