Easy-to-use ONLINE TOOLBOX measures both PROGRAM QUALITY and YOUTH OUTCOMES!
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.
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.