Tools & Training

toolstrainingplaceholderFor 40 years, NIOST has been leading the way in the OST field through both research and action. We are dedicated to growing, professionalizing the OST field, and striving for quality for all, which is why we offer research-based training programs and assessment tools at affordable prices.

Whether you work for a single OST program with limited funds for professional development or a statewide network looking to collect data from multiple program sites, we are here to help. At NIOST, we pride ourselves on being more than a service provider. We are your partner and we are here for you, every step of the way.

Customize your purchase. We know that every OST site is different. That’s why we pride ourselves on our flexibility and creativity. We can adapt any of the NIOST training programs or evaluation tools to make sure that you will get exactly what you need when you work with us.


  • Professional Development
    Our in-person, research-based professional development trainings are designed to give you the information and skills needed to build on the success of your OST programs and to improve in areas that need help.

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  • Tools for Measuring OST Success
    Our scientific, field-tested evaluation tools -- the APAS System -- allow OST professionals to measure and build on their success in key areas like program quality, youth engagement, youth outcomes, and long-term growth.

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  • ASQ: A Guide to After-School Quality
    Learn the ins and outs of improving OST program quality in 5 easy steps with our team-based approach.

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    “Utilizing the After-School Quality (ASQ) allows programs to use a team approach to CQI (continuous quality improvement), which in turn supports staff buy-in and empowerment as well as community awareness and support. Over 100 programs in our state have gone through the ASQ process and are now equipped to approach CQI within their programs with independence.”
    – Betsy O. Saatman, TA Specialist/SAC Initiatives, Pennsylvania Key

    “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

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The National Institute on Out-of-School Time

A program of the Wellesley Centers for Women at Wellesley College

Wellesley Centers for Women
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Wellesley, MA 02481-8203 USA
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