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Youth Outcomes First
For the past decade, PASE has been a leading voice in the afterschool field’s movement to define appropriate youth outcomes for afterschool programs, to assist programs in measuring and analyzing their progress toward those outcomes, and to communicate those results to external stakeholders. Through its Youth Outcomes in Afterschool Initiative PASE has conducted training sessions, provided technical assistance, supported research, and developed, published and disseminated practical tools such as the Afterschool Youth Outcomes Inventory for afterschool programs to use in incorporating outcomes measurement into their programs. All of these activities serve a single goal: improving the quality of critical afterschool services for young people.
PASE began its Youth Outcomes in Afterschool Initiative in 2003 with the Reframing Expectations in Afterschool project. Since its launch, PASE has been a leader in the movement within the afterschool field to identify the broad range of youth outcomes attained in afterschool programs. Reframing Expectations worked to ensure that the expectations and outcomes we held for afterschool programs were properly focused on the developmental needs of young people and matched to the opportunities that afterschool programs are uniquely positioned to offer. In 2008, building on the successes and lessons of Reframing Expectations in Afterschool, PASE developed the Quality Outcomes in Out-of-School Time (QUOST) project which focused on increasing agencies’ ability to identify, measure, and communicate appropriate outcomes for their afterschool programs. Reframing Expectations and QUOST provided PASE and the field with excellent insight into the needs, opportunities, and challenges facing the field of afterschool education with regard to outcomes. These insights formed the groundwork for Youth Outcomes First, which focuses on both expanding the knowledge of, and measurement tools for, appropriate youth outcomes, and on documenting current best practices in outcomes-based program design and disseminating them throughout the afterschool field.
Through the Afterschool Youth Outcomes Initiative, PASE reaches afterschool program staff to increase their awareness and understanding of the need to identify and measure outcomes and their capacity do so for their programs, thereby improving their ability to provide high quality services to low-income children and families and to advocate effectively for their services. During the past year, PASE has accomplished this through trainings, institutes, webinars, and conference presentations, as well as the distribution and adjustment of the Afterschool Youth Outcomes Inventory.
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