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Putting Data to Work for Young People: New Resources

EHC Framework

Sprockets is honored to have helped inform this work and excited to see it shared nationally!

What kinds of outcomes should out-of-school system leaders think about measuring, and how? Every Hour Counts, a national coalition of citywide organizations that increases access to quality learning opportunities, particularly for underserved students, provides some answers to that question in its new measurement framework and companion guidebook, Putting Data to Work for Young People: A Guidebook for the Every Hour Counts Framework for Measurement, Continuous Improvement, and Equitable Systems.

Drawing from research by The RAND Corporation and piloted by three different intermediaries—one each in Boston (Boston After School & Beyond); Providence, R.I. (Providence After School Alliance); and St. Paul (Sprockets), the new resources can help out-of-school time (OST) system leaders and providers better understand how to gather and analyze data to develop stronger afterschool programs. The framework and accompanying guidebook explore why data is important for OST systems, providing direction on identifying what information to collect, why to collect it, and how to use it. Using a model set of ideal outcomes for the system, program, and youth levels, the framework evaluates ways to measure progress on all three, with a particular focus on using data to advance equity in OST systems.  

Organizations can use the framework to set goals, conceptualize their work and communicate its impact, and continuously improve their support for program quality and youth engagement and development.

The measurement framework and guidebook were developed with support from The Wallace Foundation and Charles Stewart Mott Foundation. 

We Belong Together Summer Event Success!

On Saturday. June 26th from 1-4, over 200 people stepped out of the rain and into Arlington Hills Community Center for the We Belong Together Event. After an opening performance by ComMUSICation, Mayor Melvin Carter and Superintendent Joe Gothard welcomed attendees with a brief presentation.

Other event activities included: performance by Cypherside, drones and robotics with Minnesota STEM, bubbles and juggling by Russell Harris, tennis with Saint Paul Urban Tennis, book giveaway by the Free Book Buggie, gym activities provided by Parks, free t-shirt printing with Createch, the library bookmobile, and more! Each attendee received a voucher for a free item from one of the food trucks present and the event included a vaccination clinic site sponsored by the Minnesota Twins (with free tickets for those getting vaccinated).  

Sprockets is still looking to promote summer opportunities. If you have activities still accepting registrations, please complete THIS FORM to submit your information to the Program Finder.

Check out the VIDEO that captured the energy of the event!

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