One of the greatest strengths of Out-of-School time programs, is their ability to be uniquely reflective of the communities that they serve. As an OST provider, you are in a position to be a master architect, crafting a vibrant, ever-evolving program that grows your community. This is no easy feat that requires an ever-revolving cycle of careful planning, implementation, evaluation, and reflection.
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The National Institute for Out-of-School Time (NIOST) has developed a three-part assessment tool to help out-of-school time programs determine program quality and outcomes. A Program Assessment System (APAS), is research-based and can be customized. The three tools are broken out according to audience and the scope of the program. They can be used alone on in conjunction with one another.
The Survey of Academic and Youth Outcomes (SAYO) S and T: Use SAYO-S&T to measure any of eight youth outcome areas linked to positive youth development, such as Engagement in Learning, Relations with Adults, Relations with Peers, Problem Solving, Communication, Critical Thinking, Perseverance, Self-Regulation, Leadership, Homework, Academic Performance
The Survey of Academic and Youth Outcomes (SAYO) Y: Use SAYO-Y to survey youth in areas of Program Experiences, Future Expectations, Sense of Competence
The Assessment of Program Practices Tool (APT): Use APT to measure the quality of your program, identify the areas where you are succeeding, and pinpoint areas to improve. APT will give you a clear picture of your program by collecting data on practices that are linked to key youth outcomes in areas of Learning and Skill Building, Program Organization and Structure and Supportive Social Environment
The program is free after an initial training has been completed, which has an associated cost. For more information can be found here.