A collection of links about quality.

California After School Program Quality Self Assessment Tool 2nd Ed. (9/ 2009)

This tool was developed collaboratively by the California Department of Education and the California Afterschool Network based on research on program quality assessments. The tool can be used by program directors or staff to assess program quality in nine areas: 1) program design and accountability; 2) environment; 3) administration and finance; 4) alignment with the school day; 5) youth development; 6) family involvement; 7) community partnerships; 8) staff development; and 9) provision of diversity and equity. The tool is designed to identify areas for immediate action, stimulate discussion among staff and lead to an action plan for improvement. Author/Publisher: California Department of Education and California Afterschool Network.

Center for Collaborative Solutions – Afterschool Solutions

CCS is passionately committed to helping afterschool programs achieve their goals by creating powerful visions, developing capable leaders and high performing teams, constructing authentic partnerships and implementing approaches and solutions that build the capacity of programs to help children and young people succeed in all areas of their lives.

Compendium of Assessment and Research Tools (C.A.R.T.) for Measuring Education and Youth Development

an online database that provides information on instruments that measure attributes associated with youth development programs. The database allows a user to locate research tools in specific areas of interest. The instruments are grouped under the following categories: program characteristics, program quality, teachers' role, student engagement, parental/guardian/family support, internal sources of support, external sources of support, school profile, organizational structure, quality of work life, community characteristics, family involvement in school, family characteristics, attention to/awareness of service-learning, national/state/local policies, academic, rationality/connectedness, social role/status, social competence, group interaction/teamwork, school effectiveness, school climate, community involvement, cultural pluralism, student acceptance, school involvement, service-learning program outcomes, reciprocal learning program outcomes, reciprocal learning relationships, social empathy, self-concept, resilience, career exploration/readiness and citizenship.

Learning Point Associates - Beyond the Bell Toolkit

Beyond the Bell is a suite of products designed by Learning Point Associates to help afterschool directors, coordinators, and staff create and sustain high-quality, effective afterschool programs. The suite provides resources and training for afterschool staff that are practical, easy-to-use, and grounded in research and experience. Beyond the Bell is one component of the Learning Point Associates resources for afterschool programs.

National Institute on Out-of-School Time (NIOST)

Mission is to ensure that all children, youth, and families have access to high quality programs, activities, and opportunities during non-school hours. We believe that these experiences are essential to the healthy development of children and youth, who then can become effective and capable members of society. Our work bridges the worlds of research and practice. At the Wellesley Centers for Women, Wellesley College.

Partnership for 21st Century Skills

Mission: To serve as a catalyst to position 21st century readiness at the center of US K12 education by building collaborative partnerships among education, business, community and government leaders.

Public/Private Ventures (P/PV)

For more than a decade, P/PV has explored the potential of out-of-school-time (OST) programs to produce positive outcomes for youth. P/PV has cast a wide net in our work, examining out-of-school-time programs with purely developmental goals as well as those with a more academic focus.

ToolFind from United Way of Mass Bay with NIOST

A free directory that has identified 46 measurement tools designed to help professionals in youth-serving programs in 11 youth outcome areas. All tools address one or more of the outcome areas, are tested, low-cost and have few restrictions. Tools included in this database address elementary, middle and/or high school students and youth, parent, staff and teacher respondents.

Weikart Center for Youth Program Quality

Youth Program Quality Assessment (YPQA). They offer training, technical assistance, and research services that all come together in the Youth Program Quality Intervention (YPQI) system. The Youth Program Quality Assessment (PQA) tool is a validated instrument designed to evaluate the quality of youth programs and identify staff training needs. Programs use the Youth PQA to conduct a self-assessment. Data from the self assessment is used to set improvement goals tied to the observable measures in the PQA. Programs then are supported in reaching those goals and increasing program quality.