Ongoing since 2015
State Monitoring Activities with Tracking, Synthesis and Analysis, and Technical Assistance in Implementing a Successful State.
Ongoing since 2017
In partnership with the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (ESE), and the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE), researchers at American Institutes for Research and the National Institute on Out-of-School Time (NIOST) at the Wellesley Centers for Women are undertaking a study that explores how high-quality out-of-school time (OST) programs can promote participants’ literacy development and the role social and emotional learning (SEL) may play in supporting the development of literacy-related skills.
The primary objective of this project is to manage the continuation of the well established Afterschool Matters Initiative, which includes several publications and a Research Grantee program, in addition to planning for the national expansion of a related action/research writing initiative.
The National Institute on Out-of-School Time (NIOST) is providing technical assistance to the Title I afterschool programs in the Attleboro Public School District with support from the Balfour Foundation.
Ongoing since fall 2010
NIOST is conducting a longitudinal physical activity study in the five elementary schools in Natick with a particular focus on “BOKS,” a before-school physical activity program sponsored by Reebok. There are over 400 grade K-2 participants enrolled in the study.
This project will evaluate the Boston Summer Learning Program.
The National Institute on Out-of-School Time (NIOST), an action project of WCW, will work with seven out-of-school time programs in Philadelphia, PA, to enhance and implement program quality assessment, literacy skill-building best practices, and continuous program quality improvement.
Ongoing since 2005
NIOST with its partners has pursued multiple levels of investigation and utilized a menu of field-tested tools to gather extensive data to inform the continued development and sustainability of the Boston Summer Learning Project and school-year OST programs.
NIOST develops a STEM digital badge to connect student assessments with CitySpan.
This project focuses on understanding the impact of GEMS clubs on girl’s curiosity, interest, and persistence in STEM learning in the Franklin area.
NIOST collaborates with BridgeUp: STEM to study the delivery of Computational Science (CS) and science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) learning experiences in the context of the education, science, and research resources of the AMNH to a cohort of New York City high school girls.
Pilot survey to assess uptake of the NAA Healthy Eating and Physical Activity (HEPA) standards
Ongoing since 2001
National Institute on Out-of-School Time (NIOST) began a partnership with the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (MADESE) in 2001 to develop assessment tools and a menu of technical assistance activities to support the MA 21st CCLC programs.
NIOST supports the healthy development of children, families, and communities, and advances the OST field through our research, training, advocacy, and tools.
Georgia Hall and Jean Wiecha edit a special issue of New Directions or Youth Development (NDYD) to promote awareness on how OST programs reduce the risk of obesity and chronic disease.
NIOST will evaluate a new online learning program.
Implementation and dissemination of physical activity program for out-of-school time
Ongoing since 2017
This study examines whether extended participation in high-quality OST programs is positively associated with the development of literacy skills and social emotional learning skills.
This project will focus on the BOKS program, which aims to improve kids' academic performance and overall health using physical activity to jump start children's brains in the morning.
This research study uses quantitative and qualitative data collection methods and multiple regression modeling to examine healthy eating and physical activity opportunities in a national sample of out-of-school time programs.
This study evaluates the Regular AfterZone and AfterZone Summer Scholars programs.
Ongoing since 2015
National Institute on Out-of-School Time (NIOST) is serving as the research and evaluation study partner to BridgeUP: STEM an initiative of the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) in Manhattan, New York.
Ongoing since 2015
National Institute on Out-of-School Time (NIOST) is a partner to the U.S. Department of Education, 21st CCLC Program along with Global Evaluation & Applied Research Solutions, Inc. (GEARS).
NIOST will assist with the implementation of a new afterschool program.
National Institute on Out-of-School Time (NIOST) is collaborating with the Foundation for MetroWest to conduct research on youth outcomes from their Youth in Philanthropy (YIP) program.
The Wellesley Centers for Women received funding from the Foundation for MetroWest to conduct an evaluation of Youth In Philanthropy, a program designed to give youth the knowledge to become leaders in our community by learning the importance of philanthropy.
The National Institute on Out-of-School Time (NIOST) conducted a research study on After-School Gets Moving, a physical activity training resource tool for out-of-school time (OST) professionals.
This project sought to improve the availability and preservation of out-of-school time programming and to disseminate information on recruiting, training, development, and finance.
This project connected high-level leaders from different cities and states to educate them on the dynamic landscape of after-school programs. in hopes of directing the influence, funding, and high expectations of these leaders towards a "critical mass" of associated initiatives across the country.
Researchers examined the ways in which same-sex couples in Massachusetts perceived marriage. Interviews with couples and children illuminated reasons why same-sex couples may or may not marry and related social influences.
Completed in 2011
An evaluation of physical spaces in Massachusetts child care settings.
The project combines out-of-school time (OST) professional advisors, the National Institute on Out-of-School Time (NIOST), and NASA experts from across the agency to use research-based strategies to develop afterschool activity guides adapted from NASA Planetary Science formal education curricula.
This project sought to identify the most successful elements of afterschool programs in Massachusetts; including staff, policy making, funding, and program/activity participation.
This was an evaluation of a national project that fosters more positive attitudes and stronger affiliations among middle school teachers, students, and parents within school communities.
This study examined the ways in which youth participate in the League: how do they experience the democratic ideals of a debate program? How do they come to consider and participate in democracy?
The FasTracKids Research Study is a 19-month international study aimed at examining the link between participation in FasTracKids enrichment programs and child outcomes (children 4 and 5 years old). FasTracKids Enrichment Centers offer a variety of classes and activities designed to promote early learning, develop creative thinking and problem solving, build verbal communication, promote leadership and personal growth, and encourage a lifelong love of learning.
The primary goal of the Out of Harm's Way (OHW) Initiative is to address the escalating violence in a subset of middle schools in the Boston Public Schools by offering comprehensive services and care, and increasing the participation of students in after school programming. Wellesley Centers for Women and the National Institute on Out-of-School Time would perform as the project evaluator.
This program examined the ways urban high school students benefit from and utilize school-to-work programs, with an exploration of class differences on work relationships and overall experience.
This is a secondary analysis of data collected over the long-term to determine how physical activity benefits the overall health and well-being of children over time. This study will focus on the NICHD’s Study of Early Child Care and Youth Development data.
This study will investigate the effective practices and support offered in an arts-based afterschool programs to reduce the dropout rate among high school students.