Research

Afterschool Outcome Measures Online Toolbox

Principal Investigator: Deborah Lowe Vandell

Researchers: Pilar O'Cadiz, Valerie Hall, Andrea Karsh

Funding: David and Lucile Packard Foundation and the California Department of Education

Project Description

The California Afterschool Outcome Measures Project
 developed an online toolbox for measuring outcomes associated with students participating in afterschool and other out-of-school time (OST) programs. The project’s initial focus was on the development of student outcome measures for use in publicly funded after-school programs, as mandated by California Education Code. This work was carried out in three phases (2008-2011).

In the first phase, conducted during the 2008-09 academic year, we identified existing public domain measures of student outcome measures of positive behavior change and skill development that demonstrated strong reliability and validity in prior research.

In the second phase, during the 2009-2010 school year, we piloted the use of an online platform to collect reports of student performance at 32 after-school program sites across the State of California (1,654 students). The measures were completed by students, program staff, and school classroom teachers, and analyzed to determine their psychometric qualities in the context of publicly funded programs.

The pilot testing led us to conduct a large-scale field test of the outcome measures in Phase III of this project, at over 200 sites during the 2010-2011 academic year, involving 10,973 students. As a result, we have developed a set of easy-to-use online measures called the ONLINE TOOLBOX, which is ready for public use by programs nationally in Spring 2012.

For further information, reports, and presentations, please visit our website
 - http://afterschooloutcomes.org/