Fall 2022 Evolving the Standard for High Quality

Share on linkedin LinkedIn Share on twitter Twitter Share on email Email Download 3,191 words | 21 min In the prior two blogs, we talked about how a group of master afterschool teachers at 25 afterschool sites in Genesee County have responded to the pandemic years. One important area of evolution was the new service … Continue reading Fall 2022 Evolving the Standard for High Quality

The State of Children in Afterschool

Share on linkedin LinkedIn Share on twitter Twitter Share on email Email Download 1,581 words | 11 min Like all managers I interviewed last fall, Keoshia, site manager for YouthQuest at Durant-Tuuri-Mott Elementary School, agreed that over 50% of this year’s students were behind academically. For that reason, the team at DTM Elementary afterschool is … Continue reading The State of Children in Afterschool

Afterschool Excellence During Pandemic Years

Share on linkedin LinkedIn Share on twitter Twitter Share on email Email Download 1,680 words | 11 min The field of afterschool program services has evolved quickly since March 2020, from the pressing of resources at hand into responses to urgent new needs. These new practices may spell out the future of afterschool services and … Continue reading Afterschool Excellence During Pandemic Years

How could OST address climate change?

Share on linkedin LinkedIn Share on twitter Twitter Share on email Email Download 650 words | 3 min With the publication of the IPCC report[1], it’s not difficult to conclude that our current political leadership is not going to take us where we need to go, and we can’t wait anymore. The scientists are telling … Continue reading How could OST address climate change?

How the Q-ODM impact model is a more cost-effective form of the quasi-experimental design (QED)

Share on linkedin LinkedIn Share on twitter Twitter Share on email Email Download The Quality-Outcomes Design and Methods (Q-ODM) approach to program evaluation increases the use value of all estimates produced as part of an impact analysis. Put simply: We replace the “no-treatment” counterfactual condition (i.e., children who were not exposed to an afterschool program) … Continue reading How the Q-ODM impact model is a more cost-effective form of the quasi-experimental design (QED)

Why are Q-ODM’s Pattern-Centered Methods (PCM) More Realistic and Useful for Evaluators?

Share on linkedin LinkedIn Share on twitter Twitter Share on email Email Download Pattern-centered theory and methods (PCM) can be used to tell simple and accurate stories about how real persons grow in real school and afterschool classrooms. Stories about the quality and outcomes (i.e., causes and effects) that are modeled using PCM are particularly … Continue reading Why are Q-ODM’s Pattern-Centered Methods (PCM) More Realistic and Useful for Evaluators?

Introduction to White Paper 3

Share on linkedin LinkedIn Share on twitter Twitter Share on email Email Download Greetings friends! In this third White Paper, Realist(ic) Evaluation Tools for OST Programs: The Quality-Outcomes Design and Methods (Q-ODM) Toolbox, we extend from the neuroperson framework for socio-emotional skills to a focus on evaluation design and impact evidence. Focusing on the methods … Continue reading Introduction to White Paper 3

Introduction to White Paper 2

Share on linkedin LinkedIn Share on twitter Twitter Share on email Email Download Welcome back! In this second white paper, Measuring Socio-Emotional Skill, Impact, and Equity Outcomes, we extend from the White Paper 1 skill framework to discuss implications for accurate measurement. We are pleased to share these hard-won lessons from two decades of trying … Continue reading Introduction to White Paper 2

Reflections on White Paper 1

Share on linkedin LinkedIn Share on twitter Twitter Share on email Email Download In conjunction with the release of White Paper 1 this week – A Framework for Socio-Emotional Skills, Quality, and Equity – we want to mention a few of the highlights: What are socio-emotional skills? In our view, a person’s socio-emotional skills are … Continue reading Reflections on White Paper 1

Introduction to QTurn White Papers

Share on linkedin LinkedIn Share on twitter Twitter Share on email Email Download We, at QTurn, are pleased to share the first three, in a series of four, white papers. White Paper 1, Socio-Emotional Skills, Quality, and Equity (Peck & Smith, 2020), provides a translational framework for understanding our relatively unique view of the key … Continue reading Introduction to QTurn White Papers