The Afterschool Outcome Measures Online Toolbox provides programs with a means to measure program quality and student outcomes using scales that have well-established reliability and validity.

The Online Toolbox includes students’ reports of the quality of their experiences in their program, including their engagement in program activities, supportive relations with program staff and supportive relations with peers in their afterschool program.  These student reports of program experience correlate highly with observational data of program quality. Youth reports of program quality are also linked to positive youth outcomes.

In addition to reports of program quality, the Online Toolbox provides programs with reports of student outcomes in the areas of skill development and positive behavior. Measures of students’ STEM-related beliefs and attitudes are also available for programs that emphasize these areas.

Participating programs have the option to select survey respondents (youth, program staff, and classroom teachers) depending on the types of reports they are interested in receiving. Extensive field tests, involving thousands of students in grades 3 to 12, have determined that the Online Toolbox is easy to use and requires only a few minutes to complete.
Participating programs receive a summary of the student outcome and program quality scores for their overall program, as well as a summary of scores at each of their participating sites. Scores for the State of California are provided for comparison purposes.


Why are these measures important?

Research shows that high-quality programs have beneficial effects on students socially and academically. The Online Toolbox enables afterschool and summer learning programs to have easy access to measures that can inform program improvement efforts, serve as an accountability tool, and can be used for reporting program outcomes to funders and other stakeholders. 

STEM: There is a STEM focused Online Toolbox survey battery available as well. Please contact us if your curriculum focus is on STEM. Click here to view the STEM student survey description.

Review: The Online Toolbox is featured in a recent publication by the Forum for Youth Investment (Jan 2014): From Soft Skills to Hard Data. The Technical Appendix includes a description of the Outcome Measures Online Toolbox scales and psychometric properties.