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Out-of-School Time (OST) programs represent an array of programs that provide children and youth with a range of supervised activities designed to encourage learning and development outside of the typical school day. While some focus on educational outcomes, others seek to affect multiple outcomes, such as psychological well-being and social competence. OST programs may be offered in school-, faith-, and community-based settings, may serve any age range, and may be delivered on school days and on days when school is not in session, such as weekends, holidays, and summer breaks.

 

OST programs include afterschool programs, summer learning programs, and programs offered before the school day. During the academic year, programs that serve students between the hours of 3 pm and 6 pm provide students the opportunity to take part in safe, structured and supportive environments, during the hours they are most likely to engage in, or become a victim of, crime (Little, 2007).

 

OST programs are not likely to be effective unless they are implemented with high quality and use best practices. Approaches found to be successful include: (a) training students on personal and social skills (Durlak, Weissberg, & Pachan, 2010); (b) using a focused and intentional strategy based in a positive youth development framework (Metz, Goldsmith, and Arbreton, 2008); and (c) encouraging involvement over a succession of years (Vandell et al., 2005).

 

 

This tool was developed by Child Trends for the Templeton Foundation, as part of the Flourishing Children Project. It includes five items that measure peer friendships in teenagers. Positive peer friendships are characterized by the mutual experience of: ...

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This intake form captures demographic and contact information for new participants. It can be easily completed by each participant upon enrolling in a new program. 

The Resistance to Peer Influence measure presents respondents with a series of 10 pairs of statements and asks them to choose the statement that is the best descriptor (sample item: "Some people go along with friends just to keep their friends happy" BUT ...

The Mock Report Card Tool, completed by teachers, standardizes information about students' academic performance across districts that use different grading systems. The Mock Report Card tool is comprised of three scales that measure elementary or middle s ...

The Problem Behavior Frequency scale is designed to measure the frequency of delinquency behaviors such as suspension, stealing, shoplifting, and cheating.  

  Developed by Dr. Morris Rosenberg, the scale is a self-esteem measure widely used in Social Science research.  The RSES is a ten-item Likert type scale with items answered on a four-point scale, from Strongly Agree to Strongly Disagree.  Five of the it ...

Please note that this tool is proprietary and may only be obtained by contacting the creators of the tool below. PerformWell cannot make this tool available in ETO. The Youth Program Quality Assessment (YPQA), developed and tested by the High/Scope Educa ...

This observation rating tool is designed to rate research-based, promising practices in after-school programs. Observers must follow the rubric described in the manual to make ratings of each practice. The tool also includes space where observers can take ...

This form aims to capture participants' perceptions of program leader performance. This is an easy form for adolescent or young adult participants to complete following a program session. It should take no longer than 5 minutes to complete. 

The 36-item After-School Environment Scale (ASES) was developed for use with third-, fourth-, and fifth-grade children as a measure of psychosocial climate in after-school programs.  Several features of programs are assessed, including relations with care ...

The Children's Self-Efficacy in Peer Interactions scale is designed to measure youths’ perceptions of their ability to be successful in social interactions. This includes their ability to be persuasive towards peers in positive ways. The questionnaire con ...

The first round of the NLSY 97 was implemented in 1997 with a nationally representative sample of approximately 9,000 youth between 12 and 16 years old. The Delinquency Index consists of 10 self-report items, each representing a delinquent act. Higher sco ...

This is an example of an attendance sheet that can be used to track program participation. An excel version of this tool can be made. Excel functions (sum and average) can be added so that the total number and percent of sessions attended is automatically ...

This tool was developed by Child Trends for the Templeton Foundation, as part of the Flourishing Children Project. It includes four items designed for parents to rate their teenagers' peer friendships. Positive peer friendships are characterized by the mu ...

IndicatorsClose Friendships

Please note that this tool is proprietary and may only be obtained by contacting the creators of the tool below. PerformWell cannot make this tool available in ETO. The Psychological Sense of School Membership scale is designed to measure youths' percept ...