This section provides resources in areas related to effective program management and administration. Effective program management and administration is an important part of a quality afterschool program. Resources on this page range from staffing to professional development to engaging parents. Once you have gotten your program off the ground, the work is not over. These resources will help programs ensure that they are effective and sustainable.
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This paper offers several recommendations for mitigating the challenge of hiring a stable, high-quality staff for your afterschool program.
This article discusses professional development as a strategy for retaining staff.
A Guide to Issues and Strategies for Monitoring Attendance in Afterschool and Other Youth Programs, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Whether you are new to evaluation or looking to improve your existing systems, this guide from the Harvard Family Research Project is for you. The guide will walk you through developing a logic model, choosing the focus of your evaluation, selecting the evaluation design, and analyzing the data.
This resource includes stakeholder surveys and focus group questions for student participants, parents, teacher, program staff, and program partners. It also includes tips on who to organize and conduct focus groups and methods of analyzing data so accomplishments can be presented.
This article provides a summary of what consultants did to strengthen evaluation practices for partner organizations and what the organizations did to make the experience productive.
This webinar discusses how out-of-school time fits into expanded learning opportunities and year-round learning, a new tool designed to guide OST leaders through the evaluation process, selecting and collecting the best data for your evaluation, and collecting and sharing data with families and the community.
The Harvard Family Research Project had the chance spoke with graduate students who work with organizations to address their evaluation needs. There was one clear conclusion, no matter how rudimentary or advanced your evaluation plans might be, developing or refining your theory of change and its corresponding logic model is essential.
This brief describes logic models, identifies why they are useful, discusses different types of logic models, the formats they take, and resources available to programs for creating them.
This inventory looks at four outcome categories- Social/Emotional, Academic, College & Work Readiness, and Health & Wellness. Each category includes context for what achievement of the outcome could look like.
This resource presents the findings from a review of research Child Trends conducted on what is known about decision-support data systems.
This resources is a review of ten youth outcomes measurement tools that can be used in the afterschool setting.
This tool was created to help programs assess the underlying foundations that must be in place in order for literacy enrichment to have the maximum benefit for the children in the program.
The SSIS (Social Skills Improvement System) Rating Scales enables targeted assessment of individuals and small groups to help evaluate social skills, problem behaviors, and academic competence
American Camp Association offers data-gathering youth self-report measures that focus on common camp outcomes related to skills that build successful contributing members of our society. Questionnaires are statistically tested, program-specific, age-appropriate, easily administered tools and they can be customized to any program.
This short youth deevelopment student questionnaire measures the 5 C’s (Competence, Connection, Confidence, Caring and Character), developed by Richard Lerner and colleagues as part of the 4-H Study of Positive Youth Development.
The National 4-H Healthy Living Mission Mandate Task Force compiled the following evaluation resources via literature searches, internet search engines, websites, and referrals from experts in the field. Measures were reviewed and scored by professionals in the field in order to determine the appropriateness for assessing different construct areas.
Toolfind is a free dictionary designed to help professionals in youth-serving programs find measurement tools for up to 14 youth outcome areas.
This publication from the Harvard Family Research Project explores the importance of developing or redefining your theory of change and its corresponding model in the evaluation process.
Looking at the Data: Afterschool Programs Using Data to Serve Students, Afterschool Alliance
This comprehensive, easy-to-read guide from the Harvard Family Research Project covers offers a research base for why family engagement matters, concrete program strategies for engaging families, case studies of promising family engagement efforts, and an evaluation tool for improving family engagement practices.
This guidebook from TASC outlines 15 examples of how site coordinators and staff are successfully engaging parents at their after-school programs. It also contains sample materials sites can use to improve parent involvement
Engaging with Families in Out-of-School Time Learning – Harvard Family Research Project
Simply cut, past, and send! This CD from the Search Institute contains 52 ready-made email messages to educate parents about the Search Institute’s 40 Developmental Assets.
This recorded webinar from No Kid Hungry will provide a process to develop a comprehensive communications and outreach plan, tools to help you implement your strategy, and examples of effective outreach in action.
This toolkit from No Kid Hungry will help you get the word out about your summer meals program.
This resource uses knowledge from the fields of child development and media studies in order to better understand the implications these norms have on what and how we can communicate most effectively with children.
This online resource center provides the materials necessary to build and sustain the Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports framework. Materials emphasize the impact PBIS has on social, emotional, and academic outcomes of students with disabilities.
There may not always be time for a full day of professional development. Click 2 Science’s meeting resources will help you make the most of your staff meetings by incorporating staff training into each meeting.
This article includes implementation guidelines to help afterschool staff plan for effective professional development. It also includes resources that can assist with the planning process and a framework to help afterschool providers evaluate professional development needs and plan trainings.
This paper outlines why professional development is critical and how you can maximize opportunities and resources, clarify a variety of forms, styles, and types of professional development, identify and explain common factors that serve as principles for effective professional development, and suggest and explore considerations for decision-makers in afterschool programs.
This sustainability workbook will help you better understand sustainability and how to create a plan to get you there. From finding funding to creating a long-term action plan, this is the guide for you.
Advisory Boards as the backbone of your program. This webinar discusses advisory boards, participatory planning, vision and goals, and needs assessment and asset mapping.
OST time programs provide an important opportunity for development and enhancing quality of life for OST participants and their families and communities. This study seeks to identify management capacity needs in out-of-school time providing organizations.
This report summarizes a report that describes financial management challenges that programs faced at the start of the Strengthening Financial Management in Out-of-School Time initiative (SFM), as well as their progress. The report also provides early lessons for OST funders and nonprofits.
This book shows you how to take advantage of untapped resources in the community through friend-raising and fundraising.
This study examines an initiative that seeks to improve the financial management skills and practices of 25 afterschool providers through training and coaching.
This resource is a comprehensive school maintenance software that integrates grading, attendance, scheduling and reporting into one database.
Resources for Nonprofit Financial Management, Wallace Foundation
Building Capacity for Better Results, Strategies for Financing and Sustaining the Organizational Capacity of Youth-Serving Programs
Moving Towards Success: Framework for After-School Programs, C.S. Mott Foundation
Stories from the Field: Fiscal Fitness for Nonprofits, Wallace Foundation
Resources for Nonprofit Financial Management, Wallace Foundation
Sustainability Workbook, Afterschool Alliance
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