Resource Development Associates, Fall 2006
In Year Three of the RDA evaluation (2005-2006) the majority of the Beacon Centers continued to be comprehensive program environments where youth felt safe, were encouraged to succeed, and learned to build a sense of community. Beacon Centers were seen as working to meet the needs of students and the surrounding community. This report examines how closely all Beacon Centers, as a group, adhered to the Minimum, Early, Intermediate and Long-Term Standards, highlighting accomplishments across the Initiative as well as issues requiring more attention. Findings describe program impact, identify issues and suggest changes that will be significant in program planning and improvement. Findings are presented within the framework of the Quality Standards to show assessment of adherence to the standards as well as to facilitate discussion on the progress of the standards’ implementation across SFBI.