ERIC Number: ED483278
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Mar
Reference Count: 6
Performance Measures in Out-of-School Time Evaluation. Out-of-School Time Evaluation Snapshot, Number 3.
Harvard University Harvard Family Research Project
Increasingly, out-of-school time programs are being asked to provide data that documents their progress and demonstrates their results. But for many OST programs and their over-worked staff this added responsibility is the "straw that broke the camel?s back." Across the country there is a cry from programs for help in deciding what to measure and how to measure it. Although there is no formal consensus regarding realistic outcomes for all OST programs, one of the unintended benefits of the release of the first national 21st Century Community Learning Centers impact evaluation has been increased attention to the question "What is realistic for OST programs to be held accountable for?" Proceedings from a June 2003 After School Summit hosted by the U.S. Department of Education and Arnold Schwarzenegger indicate that researchers and policymakers alike are interested and invested in helping programs measure and improve their performance. This Snapshot contributes to that conversation by providing a comprehensive listing of the performance measures that OST programs nationwide are currently using as well as the sources that they use to collect data on each measure. It is based on a review of the outcomes reported in the evaluations posted in the Harvard Family Research Project Out-of-School Time Program Evaluation Database. While not an exhaustive listing of the universe of performance measures currently being used, this Snapshot provides information for programs making evaluation decisions as well as for researchers, evaluators, and others helping programs build evaluation capacity and improve performance.
Descriptors: Program Evaluation, Youth Programs, After School Education, After School Programs, Performance Based Assessment, Program Effectiveness, Data Analysis, Academic Achievement, Prevention
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
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: C.S. Mott Foundation; W.K. Kellogg Foundation
Authoring Institution: Harvard Family Research Project, Cambridge, MA.