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1 Improving Quality Systemwide October 11, 2012

2 What is your role in afterschool?

3 NEW RESOURCE: BUILDING CITYWIDE SYSTEMS FOR QUALITY NEW resource from The Wallace Foundation and the Forum for Youth Investment, available online: Includes: How-to guide Six case studies Capacity self-assessment tool

4 TODAY’S SPEAKERS Nicole Yohalem Director, Special Projects Charles Smith Executive Director, CYPQ VP for Research, Forum for Youth Investment Laura La Fuente Director, Target Graduation Denice Williams Assistant Commissioner

5 WHY FOCUS ON QUALITY IMPROVEMENT? Quality Matters Quality is Measurable Quality is Malleable

6 QUALITY MATTERS In a 2007 meta-analysis of 73 evaluations, afterschool programs on average had positive effects on:  Attitudes toward school  Social behavior  School grades and achievement test scores  Reduced problem behaviors from aggression But programs without specific quality features had NO effect. -Durlak & Weissberg (2007)

7 QUALITY IS MEASURABLE Tool & DeveloperCommon Elements of Quality Afterschool Program Assessment System National Institute on Out-of-School Time Youth Engagement Skill-Building Relationships Environment Routines & Structure Behavior Management Organizational Management Family/Community Linkages Youth Program Quality Assessment David P. Weikart Center for Youth Program Quality Youth Program Quality Monitoring Tool Policy Studies Associates

8 QUALITY IS MALLEABLE Key findings from the Youth Program Quality Intervention (YPQI) Study A continuous quality improvement strategy: Improves program quality (and the more, the better). Works across different types of afterschool systems as well as challenging staffing conditions, and may increase staff tenure. Appears to be sustainable and cost-effective. - Smith et al (2012)

9 Improving Quality Systemwide Charles Smith Executive Director, Center for Youth Program Quality VP for Research, Forum for Youth Investment

10 COMPONENTS OF AN EFFECTIVE QUALITY IMPROVEMENT SYSTEM (QIS)  Shared definition of quality  Lead organization  Engaged stakeholders  Continuous improvement model  Information system(s)  Guidelines and incentives for participation  Adequate resources

11 BUILDING A QIS: STAGES AND TASKS

12 How far along are you in building a quality improvement system?

13 Improving Quality Systemwide Laura LaFuente Director, Target Graduation United Way for Greater Austin

14 2007 Since 2008: 294 assessments were conducted 38 organizations were assessed 481 individuals have participated in at least one training 34 individuals were trained as Methods trainers – 17 are still active 32 individuals were trained as External Assessors – 22 are still active Spring 2008 Fall 2008 Austin’s Ready by 21 Coalition awarded Quality Counts grant United Way, Central Texas Afterschool Network and Ready by 21 began building and implementing Austin improvement systems. First Austin sent first cohort of Methods trainers United Way trained first set of assessors HISTORY OF YOUTH PROGRAM QUALITY AT UNITED WAY FOR GREATER AUSTIN: Fall 2012 Out-of-School Time Agenda

15 YOUTH PROGRAM QUALITY INITIATIVE CYCLE OF IMPROVEMENT Assess Program (External or Self Assessor): Collect data about your program. Create Improvement Plan: Develop a plan based on collected data. Attend Professional Development: Staff attends professional development sessions that align with what they want to improve. Assess Program Again (External or Self Assessor): Reassess the program and see if areas have improved. More Professional Development: If the plan was successful, have more staff attend the professional development.

16 Improving Quality Systemwide Denice Williams Assistant Commissioner New York City Department of Youth & Community Development

17 DYCD funds nonprofits to provide a wide range of high-quality programs including:  Adolescent Literacy  The Out-of-School Time Initiative  Beacon Community Centers  Cornerstone  Summer Youth Employment  TEEN Action/Service Learning 17 DYCD Out-of-School Time Initiative NYC Department of Youth and Community Development

18 Elements of the Out-of-School Time System Quality Services Capacity Building Evaluation

19 Programs RFP, New Program Design & Required Program Activities New Workscope and Budget Program Quality Monitoring Tool (PQMT), Coaching & Observing for Quality & Annual Evaluation (VENDEX ) Professional Development, Technical Assistance & Conferences DYCD Online 19 DYCD Out-of-School Time 2013 Program Orientation INFRASTRUCTURE TO SUPPORT QUALITY

20 KEY ISSUES IN BUILDING A QIS 1.Stakeholder engagement 2.Clarifying purpose 3.Sustainability

21 NEW RESOURCE: BUILDING CITYWIDE SYSTEMS FOR QUALITY NEW resource from The Wallace Foundation and the Forum for Youth Investment, available online: Includes: How-to guide Six case studies Capacity self-assessment tool

22 Improving Quality Systemwide will be archived at: and Please direct follow up questions to: Nicole Yohalem at or (202) Thank you for participating!


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