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ERIC Number: ED538971
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 48
Abstractor: As Provided
ISBN: ISBN-1-8870-3100-6
Beyond the Numbers: Data Use for Continuous Improvement of Programs Serving Disconnected Youth
Pate, Austin; Lerner, Jennifer Brown; Browning, Andrea
American Youth Policy Forum
This publication is a series of in-depth case studies to examine how three programs which serve a disconnected youth population are utilizing data as a tool for continuous program improvement and ongoing accountability. The report features the following programs: (1) Roca, an organization in Massachusetts which engages the highest-risk youth in Chelsea, East Boston, Revere, and Springfield through transformational relationships (intensive relationship building) and moving them into educational, employment, and life skills programming; (2) Our Piece of the Pie, a youth development agency operating in Hartford, Connecticut offering a relationship-centered approach to help young people access and attain a mix of the educational, employment, and personal skills that contribute to their success; and (3) Diploma Plus, a national network of public schools which engages students through performance-based system that includes competency-based assessment, supportive school culture, and a future focus on postsecondary/career education. "Beyond the Numbers" investigates three programs with a proven record of success with the disconnected youth population and catalogues their elements of success in data collection and use to effectively engage this population. The report distills the key lessons learned both for practitioners and policymakers aiming to improve outcomes for the disconnected youth population and raises important policy questions concerning financing, data sharing, and the standardization of outcomes. (Contains 10 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Charles Stewart Mott Foundation
Authoring Institution: American Youth Policy Forum
Identifiers - Location: Connecticut; Massachusetts
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A