Measuring Program Quality: Evidence of the Scientific Validity of the Assessment of Program Practices Tool

By Allison Tracy, Linda Charmaraman, Ineke Ceder, Amanda Richer, and Wendy Surr


Out-of-school time (OST) youth programs are inherently difficult to assess. They are often very dynamic: Many youth interact with one another and with staff members in various physical environments. Despite the challenge, measuring quality is critical to help program directors and policy makers identify where to improve and how to support those improvements.


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