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Gallup Student Poll

The Gallup Student Poll

Friday, May 15, 2009
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Gallup has harnessed years of research and development, and distilled three key indicators of student success into a single metric. The free poll measures student hope for the future, engagement with school, and wellbeing - factors that have been shown to drive students' grades, achievement scores, retention, and future employment.
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Hope, Wellbeing and Engagement Data Sheets

Gallup has harnessed years of research and development, and distilled three key indicators of student success into a single metric. The Gallup Student Poll adds clarity to the discussion around the purpose and utility of non-cognitive measures and their relevance to student success. The poll measures student hope for the future, engagement with school, and wellbeing - factors that have been shown to drive students' grades, achievement scores, retention, and future employment.

Hope - the ideas and energy we have for the future.

Wednesday, August 31, 2011
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These data sheets provide a glimpse of the 2011 data from the Gallup Student Poll, focused on the experience of hope, wellbeing and engagement. Experiences of hope, wellbeing and engagement by a student have been linked to student performance and success.
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Taking Stock Worksheet

This worksheet can be used by leaders in a variety of ways. For example, it can be used to prompt discussion during a community meeting or it can be used as a survey among providers and policymakers. The goal is to help leaders gain more information about where there is available data on child and youth outcomes; family, school and community supports; and leadership efforts.

Sunday, August 31, 2014
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This worksheet is designed to help leaders assess current data strengths and gaps in their community. The worksheet prompts thinking about what data is important for decision making, where current data is accessed, and what additional data would contribute to more informed decision making.
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Tennessee Commission on Children and Youth's Resource Mapping for Children

Tennessee's resource mapping has yielded information that is helpful to decisionmakers. For example, resource mapping revealed a 'very heavy alliance on federal funding for the provision of essential services and supports for children and families' and the report recommended ensuring that all possible sources of federal funding are maximized.

Friday, August 26, 2011
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Tennessee has analyzed all federal and state funding sources that support the health, safety, permanence, growth, development and education of children in their state. This brochure explains their process and highlights findings.
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Precision Engineering

In this column, Pittman calls for the youth development field to improve their use of data. She says "changing the odds for young people requires us to not only be passionate in our commitment to providing high-quality supports and opportunities to all youth, but precise in measuring how well we and they are doing, so that we can make real time adjustments."

Friday, May 16, 2008
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This 2008 Youth Today column by Forum for Youth Investment CEO Karen Pittman stresses the importance of having a full picture of data on children and youth, including data that is linked from an individual level to a programmatic level to a city level.

6 Tips for Leading with Data for School Improvement


By Ellen Goldring and Mark Berends

Goldring and Berends are authors of the AASA book Leading with Data: A Path to School Improvement, published by Corwin Press.

The anchor for school improvement efforts is a schoolwide focus on teaching and learning. Toward that end, successful school leaders attend to school effectiveness indicators that are rooted in leading with data, including:

Saturday, October 23, 2010
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Today’s effective educational leaders use data extensively to guide them in making decisions, setting and prioritizing goals, and monitoring progress. They also use data to define needs, plan interventions and evaluate progress. This short paper outlines key considerations to think through to ensure the best use of data for effective leadership.
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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.

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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