Ongoing since 2007

Project Directors: Ellen Gannett, M.Ed., Wendy Surr, M.A.

During this phase of work, NIOST will design and develop two additional measurement tools—a youth survey (SAYO-Y) and a family survey (SAYO-F). These two tools will be used by Massachusetts Department of Education grantees to better understand youth needs, their program experiences and help pinpoint areas where youth may benefit from additional support.

Developing Youth and Family Surveys

The After-School and Out-of-School Time Outcome Evaluation System began in 2000 with extensive training of Massachusetts Department of Education 21st Century Community Learning Centers grantees in methods of evaluation and continuous program improvement and has led to the development, testing and refinement of two assessment tools: the Survey of After-School Youth Outcomes (SAYO) and its companion quality assessment tool: the Assessing After School Program Practices Tool: (APT). During this next phase of the work, NIOST will design and develop two additional measurement tools—a youth survey (SAYO-Y) and a family survey (SAYO-F). These two tools will be used by Massachusetts Department of Education grantees to better understand youth needs, their program experiences and help pinpoint areas where youth may benefit from additional support. The SAYO-Y, in particular, will provide programs with data on important youth outcomes that are associated with later academic and life success but which have not been possible to measure through teacher and staff responses to the SAYO-T and SAYO-S.