Youth Program Quality Assessment Tool (YPQA)

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 Educational Research Foundation, was designed to help afterschool programs serving grades 4-12 to assess the extent to which their program provides a participatory, safe, supportive, youth-centered environment.  This tool allows program staff (or external specialists) to observe interactions between program staff and youth during regular program sessions and to interview staff about how the program operates. These observations and interviews are used to create a program quality profile, to identify areas of improvement, and especially identify areas where staff may need professional development to meet program goals.

The YPQA is available for a fee through the David P. Weikart Center for Youth Program Quality, founded by the Forum for Youth Investment and the High/Scope Educational Research Foundation, (  The Weikart Center also provides training and technical assistance on the use of this tool.


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Smith, C., & Hohmann, C. (2005). Full findings from the Youth PQA validation study. Ypsilanti, MI: High Scope Educational Research Foundation.
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