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January 21, 2009

The National Institute on Out-of-School Time (NIOST) at the Wellesley Centers for Women is pleased to announce that interactive online training for the powerful evaluation tool, Survey of Afterschool Youth Outcomes (SAYO), is now available for purchase on NIOST’s website.

"We are so excited to be able to offer this online tutorial, which makes SAYO accessible to afterschool programs across the country," reports Ellen Gannett, NIOST director. “This is a valuable addition to our array of face-to-face trainings.”

SAYO measures outcomes in eight areas that research suggests are linked to long-term positive development and academic and life success. SAYO uses brief pre- and post-participation surveys to collect data from day school teachers and afterschool staff in a “menu” approach. SAYO and the Assessing Afterschool Program Practices Tool (APT) comprise the Afterschool Program Assessment System (APAS), which allows users to focus on evaluating specific, observable practices rather than more general quality characteristics.

SAYO surveys are easy to administer and the SAYO training offers step-by-step instructions that show program staff how to collect data effectively and responsibly, and how to analyze, interpret, and use their results for long-term program improvement.

To order the SAYO Online Tutorial, go to www.niost.org/sayo-purchase. For more information about SAYO or APAS or our other trainings, please call 781-283-2547 or visit www.niost.org.

For more than 30 years, the National Institute on Out-of-School Time at the Wellesley Centers for Women has been dedicated to moving the afterschool field forward through its research, education and training, consultation, and field-building. Much of NIOST’s work has encompassed projects of national scope and influence, several representing “firsts” for the field and many focusing on building out-of-school time systems. NIOST is a program of the Wellesley Centers for Women. Since 1974, scholars at WCW have helped drive social change through their rigorous research projects and pivotal training programs.

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