OST Program Evaluation

researchevaluationpartnersNIOST researchers work with on-the-ground partners to help them:

  • Measure quality outcomes for all
  • Assess the effectiveness of policies and practices
  • Benchmark against best practices
  • Develop in-house evaluation skills
  • Inform the greater field


Working with partners, we ask important questions on topics and issues that are most important to them, their staff, the youth they serve, and their community, such as:

  • What do we do well?
  • How can we invest our limited resources to get the best benefits all around?
  • What are our youth learning in our programs?
  • How can our staff measure the impact of their work?
  • Are we providing quality for all?


We empower our partners—from individual programs to system-wide networks—to help ensure quality OST for all. Our recent partners include:



    "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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