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1 Why Quality? Why Evaluate? Stephen Baker, PhD

2 Taking the temperature Don’t forget: You can copy- paste this slide into other presentations, and move or resize the poll. Poll: Are you convinced that evaluating qualit...

3 Chapin Hall/Prime Time Quality Improvement System pilot and expansion Use of outside providers as “enhancements” (now Extended Learning Opportunities) in after school programs Transition from program-based to family- based funding mechanism Palm Beach County Afterschool Educator Certificate

4 Multiple focus areas for quality assessment Organizations Programs Participating youth Practitioners

5 Practitioner example from Palm Beach County School Age Professional Certificate (SAPC) with the Palm Beach County Afterschool Educator (PBC-AEC) Curriculum – AKA: “Educator” Professional Development as mechanism for improving quality – Training  Quality  Retention  Quality

6 “Educator” Fall 2009 to present; 14+ cohorts; 300+ participants AYD pre-requisite 80 hours of training Offered through Palm Beach State College Front-line staff and supervisors Initial goals included increasing: practitioner knowledge, skill, retention, pursuit of higher education

7 Data sources Interviews and focus groups Surveys (Pre, Post, Follow-up) – Attitudes/beliefs – Intentions to stay or leave – Attribution to AEC/SAPC Administrative data – employment histories

8 Effect on practitioners? Greater job satisfaction Greater intent to stay in afterschool field Greater and more positive professional identity Increased sense of efficacy with youth Improved work relationships** New and valued outside relationships Higher job retention ** Not in all cases….

9 Why invest in practitioner quality & evaluation? Autonomy Mastery Purpose “It’s one thing when you’re…really just doing a job and it’s another thing when you’re doing a job and you’re really well trained and you can handle situations and children and parents in a better manner and in an easier way because you’ve been trained to do it.”

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12 Evaluating Quality of A Presentation on Quality Don’t forget: You can copy- paste this slide into other presentations, and move or resize the poll. Poll: Are you convinced that afterschool quali...


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