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ERIC Number: ED537006
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 20
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: N/A
Building Management Information Systems to Coordinate Citywide Afterschool Programs: A Toolkit for Cities. Executive Summary
Kingsley, Chris
National League of Cities Institute for Youth, Education and Families (NJ1)
This executive summary describes highlights from the report, "Building Management Information Systems to Coordinate Citywide Afterschool Programs: A Toolkit for Cities." City-led efforts to build coordinated systems of afterschool programming are an important strategy for improving the health, safety and academic preparedness of children and youth. Over the past decade, municipal leaders, foundations, major nonprofit intermediaries, and school and community-based providers have increasingly come together to expand the number of high-quality programs available, increase youth participation, and improve outcomes for young people. Yet even cities with strong leadership and effective coordinating entities are often challenged by the lack of reliable information to answer basic questions about the scope and impact of afterschool programs in their communities. The decision to build or enhance a management information system (MIS) raises its own set of tough questions about what information to collect and how to use it; how to negotiate data sharing agreements without violating privacy laws; how to think about the difference between evaluating youth outcomes and measuring program quality; and whether to build or buy the technology backbone that will support the data needs of policymakers, service providers, program managers, and researchers. The National League of Cities (NLC), through its Institute for Youth, Education and Families, produced this report to help city leaders, senior municipal staff and their local partners answer those questions as they work to strengthen and coordinate services for youth and families, particularly for those cities building comprehensive afterschool systems. The full report, available online at www.nlc.org/afterschoolmis, describes a number of the most promising approaches to building afterschool management information systems. (Contains 3 charts.) [For the full report, "Building Management Information Systems to Coordinate Citywide Afterschool Programs: A Toolkit for Cities," see ED537007.]
National League of Cities. 1301 Pennsylvania Avenue NW Suite 550, Washington, DC 20004. Tel: 202-626-3000; Fax: 202-626-3043; e-mail: memberservices@nlc.org; Web site: http://www.nlc.org/iyef
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Policymakers
Language: English
Sponsor: Annie E. Casey Foundation; Wallace Foundation
Authoring Institution: National League of Cities (NLC), Institute for Youth, Education and Families
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act 1974