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From the Director's Desk

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

Theory & Practice

Building the After School Field: A Conversation With Evaluators, Policymakers, and Practitioners

Karen Horsch and Kathleen Hart of HFRP summarize HFRP's conversations with after school evaluators, researchers, and stakeholders to map the out-of-school time field.

Promising Practices

Reflections on Access and Equity Implications for After School Program Evaluations

Laurie Olsen, Executive Director California Tomorrow, highlights the importance of addressing issues of access and equity in the evaluation of after school programs.

Promising Practices

Strengthening Local Evaluation Capacity in Rural Communities

Using a participatory/empowerment evaluation approach with Save the Children, Linda Morrell and Kenneth Terao from the Aguirre Group offer reflections and lessons learned from their experience.

Questions & Answers

Interview With Michelle Seligson

HFRP asked Michelle Seligson, founder of the National Institute on Out-of-School Time, about the history of the out-of-school time field, the challenges it currently faces, and the role evaluation and research play.

Beyond Basic Training

Investing in Those Who Invest in our Youth

Linda Lausell Bryant, Director of Training at Partnership for After School Education, describes their New York City-based coalition committed to quality after school programs.

Evaluations to Watch

HFRP provides a quick run-down of 12 current out-of-school time program evaluations.

Ask the Expert

Karen Walker, director of community studies at Public/Private Ventures (P/PV), reveals what evaluation approaches can be used to understand the connection between academic outcomes and program activities.

New & Noteworthy

The New & Noteworthy section features an annotated list of papers, organizations, initiatives, and other resources related to the issue's theme of Out-of-School Time.

This issue of The Evaluation Exchange was published by Harvard Family Research Project. The managing editors for the issue were Leslie Goodyear and Karen Horsch and it was produced by Christine Phelan. All rights reserved. This periodical may not be reproduced whole or in part without written permission from the publisher. To request reprint permission or multiple hard copies of the issue email

Harvard Family Research Project gratefully acknowledges the support of the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, the F. B. Heron Foundation, and the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation. The contents of this publication are solely the responsibility of Harvard Family Research Project and do not necessarily reflect the view of our funders.

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