Building an Outcomes Evaluation System Phase III

Ongoing since 2006

Project Director: Wendy Surr, M.A.
Team Member: Ellen Gannett, M.Ed.

Funded by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE), NIOST will design and develop two additional measurement tools to add to the APAS system—a youth survey (SAYO-Y), and a family survey (SAYO-F). The SAYO-Y will be used by DESE to measure youth’s experiences in an afterschool program, as well as their sense of competence and future planning in order to better understand youth needs and pinpoint areas where youth may benefit from additional support. The SAYO-Y provides a unique opportunity to hear directly from youth in key areas related to their future success that have not been possible to measure through teacher and staff responses to the SAYO-T and SAYO-S.

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    "NIOST has been an anchor for numerous school age care projects we do, including ASQ (After-School Quality) and Links to Learning. They are a nationally respected organization that Pennsylvania has partnered with for over 20 years."

    – Betsy O. Saatman, TA Specialist/SAC Initiatives, Pennsylvania Key

    "NIOST was a core partner in supporting the development of quality improvement systems across the nine cities that participated in The Wallace Foundation Next Generation Afterschool System-Building Initiative. The NIOST team worked well with other technical assistance partners in the initiative, always willing to pitch in and collaborate with others to make our professional learning community meetings a team effort. I truly hope the Foundation has an opportunity to partner with them in the future."

    – Priscilla M. Little, Initiative Manager, The Wallace Foundation


    "NIOST has been a leader in the out-of-school time field for as long as I can remember, and I have relied on their research, tools, and advice to improve my practice throughout my career. Their staff members are good partners and good listeners, and their influence across the country is palpable."

    – Jane Quinn, Vice President and Director of National Center for Community Schools, Children's Aid Society

    "Georgia Hall, Ellen Gannett, and the NIOST team have been instrumental in driving the healthy afterschool movement. Their dedication to quality practice, informed policy, and collective impact is instrumental in our effort to create healthier communities."

    – Daniel W. Hatcher, Director, Community Partnerships, Alliance for a Healthier Generation

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The National Institute on Out-of-School Time

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