Forum Flash: October 2011

OST Program Quality Measures, New Ready by 21 Presentation, Advancing Collective Impact

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Forum Flash is part of the Forum for Youth Investment's e-newsletter series. Forum Flash informs you about what's going on at the Forum for Youth Investment, and about resources, opportunities, careers and recent events.
Find the Right Tool to Measure Outcomes in OST Programs
Everyone who runs a youth program believes in their hearts that their program helps kids - but in their heads, they know they need convincing data to prove it. A new guide from the Forum for Youth Investment - From Soft Skills to Hard Data: Measuring Youth Program Outcomes - is here to help them get the data they need.

The guide addresses a common problem throughout the youth field: We know that out-of-school time (OST) programs can help youth develop skills and attributes they need to be ready for college, work and life - such as communications, collaboration, critical thinking and self-direction - but few OST programs have the tools to effectively measure those outcomes. From Soft Skills to Hard Data reviews eight youth outcome measurement tools that are appropriate for use in afterschool and other settings.

Presenting Ready by 21 
Those interested in Ready by 21 basics or leaders who want to explain Ready by 21 in their communities will learn a lot from the latest presentation by Karen Pittman, CEO of the Forum for Youth Investment. Here is Karen's keynote address at last month's meeting of the Northern Kentucky Education Council, which oversees the Ready by 21 initiative there. The half-hour presentation includes the latest visuals from the Forum.

The Next Step to Achieve Collective Impact
"I knew something was up last winter when I received more than 20 e-mails in a span of 48 hours asking if I had read this new article in the Stanford Social Innovation Review."
So recalls Forum for Youth Investment CEO Karen Pittman in her new blog about "collective impact" - a concept that's at the core of Ready by 21, and that's catching fire in the areas of youth development, education and community change. Writing for FSG - a nonprofit consultant group that is driving the collective impact idea - Karen explains how to use this momentum to take the crucial next step: Make collaborations stronger and more effective.

The Forum for Youth Investment is a nonprofit, nonpartisan "action tank" dedicated to helping communities and the nation make sure all young people are Ready by 21®: ready for college, work and life. Informed by rigorous research and practical experience, the Forum forges innovative ideas, strategies and partners to strengthen solutions for young people and those who care about them.
 

Publishing Date: 
October 21, 2011