July 1, 2007

San Francisco Beacon Initiative Caregiver Satisfaction and Participation Report

Resource Development Associates, July 2007 Full Report This report is a snapshot of caregiver and family involvement in the Beacon Centers’ programs. RDA interviewed a relatively small selection of Beacon Center participant caregivers and surveyed at least one Program Manager from every Beacon. Based on these qualitative interviews and surveys, this evaluation illustrates the ways in which Beacon Centers meet

October 1, 2006

San Francisco Beacon Initiative Third Year Evaluation Report

Resource Development Associates, Fall 2006 Full Report 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

February 1, 2006

Beacon Workforce Study

Resource Development Associates, February 2006 Full Report Telephone interviews, survey results, and written and oral input inform this analysis of San Francisco’s citywide Youth Development program, the San Francisco Beacon Initiative. The data show that the field of Youth Development is emerging conceptually, even as administrators face a high turnover rate, patchy opportunities for professional development, and the funding challenges

October 1, 2005

San Francisco Beacon Initiative Second Year Evaluation Report

Resource Development Associates, Fall 2005 Full Report Following the first evaluation of the Quality Standards, in year two the evaluation expanded its focus by taking its next step toward assessing all of the Quality Standards and began to analyze Long-Term Standards and Outcomes.  Most Beacon centers met many of the standards, with a significant number changing from “In Progress” in

June 1, 2004

San Francisco Beacon Initiative Individual Beacon Profiles Evaluation Report

Full Report In 2004 SFBI instituted a comprehensive set of Quality Standards to guide the continuous improvement of the eight Beacon Centers. This annual evaluation, the first of three, documents the beginning steps of each of the Beacon centers to meet facility, programming and participation level standards and utilized a variety of assessment tools and activities to collect data to

March 1, 2004

After-School Pursuits: An Examination of Outcomes in the San Francisco Beacon Initiative

Public/Private Ventures, March 2004 Executive Summary Full Report This evaluation of a citywide effort to create a specific type of after-school program, the San Francisco Beacon Initiative, begins to address the gaps in past after-school evaluations. This report addresses the following questions: How did the Beacon centers foster high-quality activity and participation among young people? If young people participate in

July 1, 2003

Youth Voices on Learning After School: A Qualitative Evaluation of the San Francisco Beacon Initiative

Stanford University School of Education, July 2003 Executive Summary Full Report The Youth Voices study aimed to learn from young people participating in five San Francisco Beacon Centers how they felt about their involvement in the program, because youth are often the best reporters and advisors on whether and how an environment feels welcoming, safe, supportive and fun. Research was

October 1, 2001

Working Together to Build Beacon Centers in San Francisco: Evaluation Findings from 1998-2000

Public/Private Ventures, October 2001 Full Report The study, based on an interim report of research conducted on the first five Beacon Centers between Fall 1998 and Summer 2000, highlights the initiative’s progress toward fulfilling its mission in the context of its theory of change. The study identifies key accomplishments as well as the inevitable challenges that have emerged during this