Afterschool Outcome Measures Project

Investigator: Deborah Lowe Vandell (with Theresa Westover, University of California, Davis)
Researchers: Pilar O’Cadiz, Valerie Hall, Andrea Karsh
Funding: David and Lucile Packard Foundation


This project focuses on the development of student outcome measures for use in publicly funded after-school programs, as mandated by California Education Code, and is being conduced in three phases. In the first phase, conducted during the 2008-09 academic year, we identified existing public domain measures of student outcomes and selected six questionnaire measures of behavior change and skill development that demonstrated reliability and validity in prior research. The specific outcomes include social self-efficacy, social skills with peers, positive and aggressive behavior with peers, misconduct, substance use, school work habits, and task persistence.

In the second phase, we are piloting the student outcomes measures in 32 after-school program sites across the State of California. The measures will be 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 also will inform the development of implementation protocols for a planned large-scale field test of the outcome measures in Phase III of this project.

Overview of the California Afterschool Outcome Measures Project
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