Tools for Measurement

Partnerships in Education & Resilience (PEAR) - The Common Instrument Suite, Assessment Tools, and Dimensions of Success

PEAR takes a developmental approach to the study of new models of effective educational programming and incorporates educational, health, public policy, and psychological perspectives. They offer a variety of assessment tools for informal STEM, including their Dimensions of Success (DoS) framework, which defines key aspects of a quality STEM learning experience.

Partnership for Afterschool Education - Afterschool Youth Outcomes Inventory

This inventory is a comprehensive tool for afterschool practitioners to use in assessing and articulating their programs’ impact on youth. It is intended to provide practitioners with a nuanced set of criteria to guide their practices, their evaluation of those practices, and their communication of those evaluations.

Wallace Foundation - Measuring Youth Development: How Out of School Time Programs Collect and Use Data

This study provides an in-depth analysis of the youth outcomes currently measured by out-of-school time programs, the tools they use for measurement, and the challenges they experience.

Weikart Center - Quality Assessments

These out-of-school time program quality assessments can help in identifying areas of strength and improvement to build safe, supportive, interactive, and engaging environments for youth. This resource offers a variety of materials to help programs effectively observe & collect data. You can also access some of the tool samples.

National Institute on Out-of-School Time - Afterschool Program Assessment System

This is a suite of three assessment tools that can be used individually or together to enhance program quality and youth outcomes. Afterschool leaders, staff, and researchers can use the tools to measure and build on success in program quality, youth engagement, youth outcomes, and long-term growth.