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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. This guide from the Forum for Youth Investment – From Soft Skills to Hard Data: Measuring Youth Program Outcomes – updated from 2011, is here to help them get it.
With more and more students taking longer than four years to complete high school, a push is on to help those students by including their graduations in calculations about school effectiveness.
Looking for a proven tool to evaluate youth programs? Oakland, Calif., has found it in the Weikart Center’s Youth Program Quality Assessment (YPQA), which “is becoming a standard used to evaluate a wide variety of youth programs throughout the city,” says the Oakland Community After School Alliance.
Anyone who tries to get leaders from different sectors to work together better knows that sometimes you have to literally get them in the same room – which is what Chattanooga, Tenn., did last month when it convened 300 teachers, frontline workers, business people and foundation leaders for a conference about improving supports for young people.