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ERIC Number: ED458230
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Apr-13
Pages: 29
Abstractor: N/A
Evaluation of Urban After-School Programs: Effective Methodologies for a Diverse and Political Environment.
Frank, Martina W.; Walker-Moffat, Wendy
This study considered how 25 highly diverse after-school programs with funding of $5.6 million were evaluated during a 10-month period. The paper describes the evaluation methodologies used and determined which methodologies were most effective within a diverse and political context. The Bayview Fund for Youth Development (name assumed for purposes of this paper) was the result of a ballot initiative to set aside a large sum to fund programs for children and youth. The Fund supported 25 programs, 4 for children aged up to 5, and 21 for children and youth aged 6 to 20. Overall the 25 programs implemented a total of 369 different program activities. Because of the diversity of program activities and the requirements of city administrators, the evaluation approach used methodologies from the empowerment evaluation model of D. Fetterman (1996) and traditional evaluation strategies. Both fund accountability and individual program-level accountability were studied. Traditional evaluation methods included project director interviews, program observations, parent focus groups, and exit interviews with project directors at the close of the evaluation. Empowerment evaluation methods included interviews with participating youth and feedback meetings with grantees and fund and city administrators. The most effective methods were the use of youth evaluators, the clustering of similar types of groups, and the use of traditional methods for collecting data in a systematic way. An essential first step is to identify the key stakeholders, assess their levels of accountability, and understand their respective interests in the evaluation process. Using youth evaluators and conducting two-way feedback meetings were important in building trust in the divers and political environment of these initiatives. A major finding from the evaluation was that a systematic and standardized information management system should be established for all programs. (Contains 12 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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