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December 1, 2012

2011-2012 San Francisco Beacon Initiative Evaluation

Executive Summary

For the 2011-12 evaluation SFBI contracted evaluator Moira DeNike to lay out an evaluation framework that would capture the multi-layered work of the initiative, including work happening at the community, school and family levels which previous evaluation efforts had not emphasized. The proposed framework was approved by DCYF and the Beacon Steering Committee and crafted in order to align with SFBI’s concurrent effort in 2011 to develop a new communication strategy. This new evaluation framework forms the structure and methods of this evaluation study.

July 1, 2012

The Common Core Standards – What Do They Mean for Out of School Time?

Forum for Youth Investment, July 2012 Full Brief The Common Core State Standards are front and center on the national stage as states, districts, schools and teachers prepare for their rollout over the coming two to three years. Not surprisingly, pundits, policymakers and education experts across the blogosphere are weighing in with opinions about the potential success or failure of

April 1, 2012

Beacon Community Schools: Igniting Engagement of Youth and Communities in Our Nation’s Cities

Youth Development Institute, April 2012 White Paper In 2011, the Beacon Community Schools (BCS) model celebrated its 20th anniversary. With support from The Wallace Foundation, the Youth Development Institute (YDI) took the opportunity to reflect on the successes and challenges of BCS initiatives across the country. This paper outlines Beacon Community Schools in their historical and current socio-political context, features

May 1, 2011

Summer Quality Self-Assessment Tool

San Francisco Expanded Learning Collaborative, May 2011 QSA Summer Tool This Summer Quality Self‐Assessment (QSA) tool is designed to help you and your program staff enhance your summer programs. There are 11 sections, which reflect the 11 sections of quality adopted by San Francisco’s Expanded Learning Collaborative and which are derived from the California Afterschool Network’s Quality Self-Assessment Tool.

September 1, 2009

California Afterschool Program Quality Self-Assessment Tool

California Afterschool Network and the California Department of Education, September 2009 CA Afterschool Program Quality Self-Assessment Tool The QSA Tool is a collaborative project of the California Afterschool Network and the California Department of Education. It has several different uses: engaging stakeholders in conversations around quality and continuous program improvement; generating an action plan for immediate, mid-range, and long-term development

August 1, 2009

Raising the Bar: Quality Improvement Systems for Youth Programs

Forum for Youth Investment, August 2009 Raising the Bar-Quality Improvement Systems for Youth Programs In this issue of Out-of-School Time Policy Commentary, FYI compiles lessons learned about building quality improvement systems for OST programs, based on recent research and activity in the field.

June 1, 2009

Youth Development Institute’s Beacons Young Adolescent Initiative: Evaluation Update, 2008-09

The OMG Center for Collaborative Learning, June 2009 Full Report The Beacons Young Adolescent Initiative, funded by Atlantic Philanthropies (APS), was a four-year initiative of the Youth Development Institute (YDI). The initiative sought to improve outcomes for young adolescents (ages 9-14) by increasing their participation, engagement, and retention in high quality activities at the Beacon centers. This evaluation report covers

April 1, 2009

Practices to Keep in Afterschool and Youth Programs

Youth Development Institute, April 2009 Part 1: Supervision at the Beacons Part 2: Young People Advocate for, Plan, and Provide Services to Their Communities Part 3: The Social Group Work Approach Part 4: From Membership to Leadership Part 5: Knitting Together School and Afterschool Part 6: Preventing Placement in Foster Care Part 7: Tailor Made – Attracting, Retaining, and Engaging

November 1, 2008

San Francisco Beacon Initiative 2008 Evaluation

Social Policy Research Associates, November 2008 Executive Summary Full Report In 2007, SFBI underwent a major strategic planning process to re-examine SFBI’s alignment with the Beacon vision and mission. In conjunction with this process, the goal of this evaluation was to take stock of the usefulness of the evaluation tools, data, and analysis while assuring alignment of the evaluation with