NAAAnnouncementThe National AfterSchool Association (NAA), a HOST member and the lead organization for the advancement of the afterschool professional, has recognized two other HOST members among the NAA’s Most Influential in Research and Evaluation for 2018. Honorees are distinguished for their contributions to research and evaluation on youth and adolescent development.


The After School Matters Research and Evaluation team in Chicago collects and reports on data that fuels continuous quality improvement, enables data-driven and cost-effective decision making, and supports advocacy for teen and youth development.

The National Institute on Out-of-School Time (NIOST), program of the Wellesley Centers for Women at Wellesley College, NIOST bridges the worlds of research and practice to provide out-of-school time (OST) directors, staff, planners, school administrators, community leaders, and others with research, training and tools, evaluation, and consultation to enhance and improve the quality of programs for all children and youth. Through the Afterschool Matters Initiative, NIOST offers OST professionals unique opportunities to expand their own research, evaluation, program development, and policy-making skills via the National Afterschool Matters Fellowship Program and Afterschool Matters Journal.

In selecting the Most Influential in Research and Evaluation, the National AfterSchool Association sought to honor individuals and organizations whose contributions to research and evaluation on afterschool and youth and adolescent development result in stronger practices, higher-quality programs, and increased positive outcomes for children and youth. All of the honorees were profiled in the Summer 2018 issue of NAA’s AfterSchool Today magazine.

An estimated 10.2 million children participate in afterschool programs each year and the industry employs an estimated 850,000. The NAA is the membership association for professionals who work with children and youth in diverse school and community-based settings to provide a wide variety of extended learning opportunities and care during out-of-school hours.


    "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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