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After-School Initiative’s Toolkit for Evaluating Positive Youth Development

2004

After-School Initiative’s Toolkit for Evaluating Positive Youth Development

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This toolkit was developed by The Colorado Trust.

HERE’S HOW THE CREATORS DESCRIBE THIS TOOLKIT:

The After-School Initiative’s Toolkit for Evaluating Positive Youth Development contains a number of evaluation question sets that staff of an after-school program may find useful to assess youth outcomes. Because after-school programs’ goals and activities are often unique, the toolkit is not intended to provide all the evaluation questions program staff would need to demonstrate success. Instead, it provides question sets to measure outcomes common to many after-school programs aimed at promoting positive youth development. Outcomes are the measurable changes in participants’ knowledge, attitude or behavior (e.g., 50% of youth participants reported they spent more time doing their homework because of the after-school program).

The questions in this document are designed to measure 45 different youth outcomes within 8 outcome sets or “domains”:

  1. Academic success
  2. Arts and recreation
  3. Community involvement
  4. Cultural competency
  5. Life skills
  6. Positive life choices
  7. Positive core values
  8. Sense of self

In addition, a question set to measure the quality of after-school programs is included, as well as a question set on youth background and program participation.

The Colorado Trust. (2004). After-School Initiative’s Toolkit for Evaluating Positive Youth Development. https://www.coloradotrust.org/sites/default/files/ASIToolkitJun04.pdf

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