The following resources for afterschool data can provide insight into how data can be used to inform your decision making.
- Data Sharing: Federal Rules and Best Practices to Improve Out-of-School-Time Programs and Student Outcomes (PDF)
In this paper, the Partnership for Children and Youth reviews the importance of data sharing across school systems and the expanded learning community and offers strategies and case studies describing how data-sharing can work within the parameters of FERPA and other privacy laws.
- Northwest Regional Educational Laboratory’s ”Out-of-School-Time Program Evaluation Tools for Action
This guide helps program administrators know how their after-school program is working and if it's meeting the expectations of students, staff, parents, and community partners. Through surveys, focus groups, and other data sources, administrators are able to gain valuable information that not only influences program direction but also helps in fulfilling grant reporting requirements. The parent and student surveys are provided in a Spanish version.
- Afterschool Evaluation 101: How to Evaluate an Expanded Learning Program
This powerful how-to guide is used for conducting an evaluation. It is designed to help out-of-school time (OST) program directors who have little or no evaluation experience develop an evaluation strategy.
- Harvard Family Research Project (HFRP)
HFRP helps stakeholders develop and evaluate strategies to promote the well being of children, youth, families, and their communities. They work primarily within three areas that support children’s learning and development—early childhood education, out-of-school time programming, and family and community support in education. Underpinning all of their work is a commitment to evaluation for strategic decision making, learning, and accountability.
- From Soft Skills to Hard Data: Measuring Youth Program Outcomes (PDF)
This document reviews eight youth outcome measurement tools that are appropriate for use in afterschool settings. For each tool, it provides sample items and crucial information about usability, cost, and evidence of reliability and validity. The guide can help providers select conceptually grounded, psychometrically sound measures appropriate for programs that serve upper-elementary- through high school-aged youth.