Improving Quality Systemwide October 11, 2012 What is your role in afterschool? NEW RESOURCE: BUILDING CITYWIDE SYSTEMS FOR QUALITY NEW resource from The Wallace Foundation and the Forum for Youth Investment, available online: http://forumfyi.org/building_system_quality Includes: • How-to guide • Six case studies • Capacity self-assessment tool TODAY’S SPEAKERS Nicole Yohalem Director, Special Projects Charles Smith Executive Director, CYPQ VP for Research, Forum for Youth Investment Laura La Fuente Director, Target Graduation Denice Williams Assistant Commissioner WHY FOCUS ON QUALITY IMPROVEMENT? • Quality Matters • Quality is Measurable • Quality is Malleable QUALITY MATTERS In a 2007 meta-analysis of 73 evaluations, afterschool programs on average had positive effects on: Attitudes toward school Social behavior School grades and achievement test scores Reduced problem behaviors from aggression But programs without specific quality features had NO effect. -Durlak & Weissberg (2007) QUALITY IS MEASURABLE Tool & Developer Afterschool Program Assessment System National Institute on Out-of-School Time Youth Program Quality Assessment David P. Weikart Center for Youth Program Quality Youth Program Quality Monitoring Tool Policy Studies Associates Common Elements of Quality Youth Engagement Skill-Building Relationships Environment Routines & Structure Behavior Management Organizational Management Family/Community Linkages QUALITY IS MALLEABLE Key findings from the Youth Program Quality Intervention (YPQI) Study A continuous quality improvement strategy: • Improves program quality (and the more, the better). • Works across different types of afterschool systems as well as challenging staffing conditions, and may increase staff tenure. • Appears to be sustainable and cost-effective. - Smith et al (2012) www.cypq.org/ypqi Improving Quality Systemwide Charles Smith Executive Director, Center for Youth Program Quality VP for Research, Forum for Youth Investment COMPONENTS OF AN EFFECTIVE QUALITY IMPROVEMENT SYSTEM (QIS) Shared definition of quality Lead organization Engaged stakeholders Continuous improvement model Information system(s) Guidelines and incentives for participation Adequate resources BUILDING A QIS: STAGES AND TASKS How far along are you in building a quality improvement system? Improving Quality Systemwide Laura LaFuente Director, Target Graduation United Way for Greater Austin HISTORY OF YOUTH PROGRAM QUALITY AT UNITED WAY FOR GREATER AUSTIN: Fall 2008 Spring 2008 2007 Austin’s Ready by 21 Coalition awarded Quality Counts grant United Way, Central Texas Afterschool Network and Ready by 21 began building and implementing Austin improvement systems. First Austin sent first cohort of Methods trainers United Way trained first set of assessors Fall 2012 Out-of-School Time Agenda Since 2008: • 294 assessments were conducted • 38 organizations were assessed • 481 individuals have participated in at least one training • 34 individuals were trained as Methods trainers – 17 are still active • 32 individuals were trained as External Assessors – 22 are still active YOUTH PROGRAM QUALITY INITIATIVE CYCLE OF IMPROVEMENT Assess Program (External or Self Assessor): Collect data about your program. More Professional Development: If the plan was successful, have more staff attend the professional development. Assess Program Again (External or Self Assessor): Reassess the program and see if areas have improved. Create Improvement Plan: Develop a plan based on collected data. Attend Professional Development: Staff attends professional development sessions that align with what they want to improve. Improving Quality Systemwide Denice Williams Assistant Commissioner New York City Department of Youth & Community Development NYC Department of Youth and Community DYCD Out-of-School Time Initiative Development DYCD funds nonprofits to provide a wide range of high-quality programs including: Adolescent Literacy The Out-of-School Time Initiative Beacon Community Centers Cornerstone Summer Youth Employment TEEN Action/Service Learning 17 Elements of the Out-of-School Time System Quality Services Evaluation Capacity Building INFRASTRUCTURE DYCD Out-of-School Time 2013 Program Orientation TO SUPPORT QUALITY New Workscope and Budget Program Quality Monitoring Tool (PQMT), Coaching & Observing for Quality & Annual Evaluation (VENDEX ) DYCD Online RFP, New Program Design & Required Program Activities Programs Professional Development, Technical Assistance & Conferences 19 KEY ISSUES IN BUILDING A QIS 1. Stakeholder engagement 2. Clarifying purpose 3. Sustainability NEW RESOURCE: BUILDING CITYWIDE SYSTEMS FOR QUALITY NEW resource from The Wallace Foundation and the Forum for Youth Investment, available online: http://forumfyi.org/building_system_quality Includes: • How-to guide • Six case studies • Capacity self-assessment tool Improving Quality Systemwide will be archived at: www.wallacefoundation.org and www.forumfyi.org Please direct follow up questions to: Nicole Yohalem at firstname.lastname@example.org or (202) 207-3344 Thank you for participating!