ERIC Number: ED483272
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Reference Count: 44
Evaluating Out-of-School Time Program Quality. The Evaluation Exchange. Volume 10, Number 1, Spring 2004
Little, Priscilla M. D., Ed.
Harvard Family Research Project
This issue of "The Evaluation Exchange" focuses on out-of-school time (OST). Several authors provide insights into how they, and others, are tackling measurement issues, from using technology and data systems to collect information and track progress, to applying lessons learned from developing early childhood quality measures. Other authors provide grounded examples of how they and the programs they work with use research and evaluation data for improvement and learning. Recognizing the pivotal role that participation plays in determining effective youth outcomes, this issue includes two Theory & Practice articles that examine two key participation issues: measuring participation, and attracting and sustaining participation. The Questions & Answers section of this issue examines how group randomized trials can be used to assess program impacts, while authors provide us with some lessons learned from looking at how others have assessed OST program impact. Finally, other articles in this issue discuss the single most important ingredient for creating, sustaining, and improving program quality.
Descriptors: After School Education, After School Programs, Program Improvement, Early Childhood Education, Program Effectiveness, Quality Control, Data Analysis, Research Methodology, Participation, Program Evaluation
Harvard Family Research Project, Harvard Graduate School of Education, 3 Garden Street, Cambridge, MA 02138. Web site: http://www.hfrp.org; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Publication Type: Collected Works - Serial; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: William T. Grant Foundation; Annie E. Casey Foundation; W.K. Kellogg Foundation; John S. and James L. Knight Foundation
Authoring Institution: Harvard Family Research Project, Cambridge, MA.