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Urban Institute (NJ1)

In summer 2009, the D.C. Children and Youth Investment Trust Corporation (The Trust) was engaged in an ongoing effort to build the internal capacity of its OST grantees and help strengthen and improve the quality of services for the District's children and youth. At the same time, the Urban Institute (UI) and The Center for What Works (CWW) were looking for partners to develop and test an outcome measurement framework with local OST providers. This overlap of interests and goals led to a pilot project (January-June 2010) to train a sample of the Trust's OST grantees on collecting and reporting outcome data. The organizations selected for the pilot represented a diverse cross-section of the Trust's OST grantees: (1) They offered a wide range of after-school activities; (2) They operated in different settings including public charter schools, community-based non-profit groups, and faith-based organizations; (3) They focused on children and youth of various ages between 5 and 24; and (4) They operated programs of different sizes serving as few as 25 and as many as 100 or more youth. At least five key findings emerged from this six-month pilot program: (1) Participants in the pilot were eager to learn; (2) Providing ready-made tools facilitated grantees' learning curve; (3) Technical ability varied greatly among participants; (4) Providing technical assistance was critical to the success of the pilot; and (5) Prior experience with outcome measurement led to different needs and expectations about training materials. [This research was conducted in conjunction with The Center for What Works.]

Descriptors: Pilot Projects, After School Programs, Technical Assistance, Youth Programs, Program Effectiveness, Enrichment Activities, Barriers, Performance Factors, Measurement Techniques, Program Descriptions, Institutional Characteristics

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Autor: Winkler, Mary K.; De Vita, Carol J.; Fyffe, Saunji; Natenshon, Debra B.

Fuente: https://eric.ed.gov/?q=a&ft=on&ff1=dtySince_1992&pg=3626&id=ED511991

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