Share on linkedin LinkedIn Share on twitter Twitter Share on email Email Download 650 words | 3 min With the publication of the IPCC report, 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?
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)
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?
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
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
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
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
In early 2020, COVID-19 rates were soaring. Masks, cleaning supplies, and clear information were in short supply. This was especially true for schools across the country. Teachers, parents, and students were unsure about what was going to happen next. On Thursday, April 1, 2020 (in-person) school was still in session in the Genesee Intermediate School … Continue reading A Compassionate Evaluation using the GOLD Assessment in Genesee Intermediate School District
Compassion has a lot of definitions, but most have to do with recognition of suffering, action to alleviate suffering, and tolerance of discomfort during the action.[i] By April of 2020, we knew that our afterschool partners in Genesee County (including the city of Flint) Michigan, and many of the children and families that they served, … Continue reading What Exactly is Compassionate Evaluation?
During times of crisis when programs are under tremendous pressures, evaluation and assessment can be challenging. Programs enter triage mode, putting their limited time and energy into the most urgent tasks. This heightens the need for evaluation that reduces strain and improves capacity. When conditions that created the crisis are long-lasting, like the coronavirus pandemic, … Continue reading Continuous Quality Improvement and Evaluation in 2020: A Plan for 21st Century Community Learning Centers