"This brief is intended to guide you through the process of identifying appropriate outcomes for your program, and, if possible, to help demystify the concept of ‘outcomes.’ Identifying and measuring your program outcomes can help you speak clearly and confidently about your program and its achievements and about your young people and their achievements. You will be able to answer your own questions about how your young people are doing as well as those from your board of directors, community and funders. And, if you do it well, you may be able to win more resources to support your young people."

"Knowledge of a few key steps can help program operators and evaluators design and conduct evaluations that address the major interests of program stakeholders. This paper describes a series of steps for designing and conducting such evaluations, based on the author’s experience in evaluating after-school programs and other education and youth-development initiatives. The paper provides examples of these steps from a current evaluation of a large local after-school program, that of The After-School Corporation (TASC) in New York."

"Abstract: Harvard Family Research Project’s (HFRP) series of Out-of-School Time Evaluation Snapshots distills the wealth of information compiled in our Out-of-School Time (OST) Program Research and Evaluation Database into a single report. Each Snapshot examines a specific aspect of out-of-school time (OST) evaluation. This Snapshot describes instruments used by current OST programs to evaluate their implementation and outcomes."

"Increasingly, out-of-school time programs are being asked to provide data that documents their progress and demonstrates their results. But for many OST programs and their over-worked staff this added responsibility is the “straw that broke the camel’s back.” Across the country there is a cry from programs for help in deciding what to measure and how to measure it."

"..It is our hope that clarifying these outcomes will result in greater consideration of the full variety of outcomes afterschool programs can address. A well-constructed program with clear goals and activities linked to those goals may achieve a wide range of youth outcomes.

On a practical note, we see this inventory as providing an opportunity for a program to review what it currently measures and envision what other outcomes it could capture based on its current program activities. As a result of this review, programs and stakeholders who have focused exclusively on one set of outcomes (e.g. academic, physical, etc.) may broaden or expand their focus to other areas crucial to the development of young people."