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From the Director's Desk

An introduction to the issue on Evaluating Out-of-School Time by HFRP's Founder & Director, Heather B. Weiss, Ed.D.

Theory & Practice

Does Youth Participation in Out-of-School Time Activities Make a Difference?

Sandra Simpkins of HFRP integrates findings from academic research and program evaluation to provide a comprehensive look at the relationship between participation in out-of-school time (OST) activities and positive youth outcomes, and points to new directions for OST research and evaluation.

Ask the Expert

How can research and evaluation improve practice regarding access and equity in out-of-school time programs?

Five experts in the field of youth development and OST programming address the question of how research and evaluation can improve practice regarding access and equity in out-of-school time programs.

Evaluations to Watch

Evaluating the 21st Century Community Learning Centers Program—A View From the States

Erin Harris and Priscilla Little, from Harvard Family Research Project, describe the implementation of the new 21st Century Community Learning Centers program’s evaluation requirements in the context of the federal No Child Left Behind Act of 2001.

Evaluations to Watch

Improving Bradenton’s After School Programs Through Utilization-Focused Evaluation

Katherine Loflin of the Knight Foundation describes the utilization-focused evaluation efforts in one of Knight’s communities.

Questions & Answers

A Conversation With Michelle Gambone

Dr. Michelle Gambone, president of a youth policy and research consulting firm, spoke with HFRP about her new research on the relationship between supports and opportunities and long-term developmental outcomes for youth.

Special Report

The Evaluation Exchange Special Report on the 21st Century Community Learning Centers Program National Evaluation

This special report offers expert commentary on the implication of When School Stay Open Late: The National Evaluation of the 21st Century Community Learning Centers Program, First Year Findings for future evaluation and research.

Beyond Basic Training

Doing What Works: Scientifically Based Research in Education

Suzanne Bouffard of HFRP examines the new science-based research standards brought in by the No Child Left Behind Act.

Beyond Basic Training

Understanding Family Strengthening to Promote Youth Development

Dr. Geri Lynn Peak, a consultant and formerly the Managing Director of the Center for Applied Research and Technical Assistance, describes the evolution, practice, and potential assessment of a family strengthening approach to promote positive youth development.

Promising Practices

The Challenges and Strategies of Evaluating Community-Wide After School Programs

Mark Ouellette and Audrey Hutchinson of the National League of Cities describes strategies to meet the challenges of evaluating citywide after school programs.

Promising Practices

Learning From Evaluation: Lessons From After School Evaluation in Texas

Dr. Peter A. Witt, the Elda K. Bradberry Recreation and Youth Development Chair at Texas A&M University, reflects on seven years of evaluating city after school programs in Texas.

Promising Practices

NSACA Accreditation: Building Capacity for Continuous Improvement in After School Programs

Mark Carter, Executive Director of the National School-Age Care Alliance (NSACA), describes how the NSACA accreditation process helps after school programs build evaluation capacity.


Logic Models in Out-of-School Time

Julia Coffman of HFRP describes one approach OST programs can take to develop a logic model.

HFRP Resources

The Out-of-School-Time Program Evaluation Database

Erin Harris of HFRP outlines what information the HFRP Out-of-School Time Evaluation Database includes, how it is organized, and its practical applications.

New & Noteworthy

This section features an annotated list of resources related to the issue's theme of Evaluating Out-of-School Time.

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