Assessing Effectiveness

Research demonstrates that only high-quality programs have positive effects on youth, “middle of the road” programs have few clear outcomes, and low quality programs show documented damage to youth.   To support high-quality STEM programs, these recommendations and subsequent resources designed for teachers, administrators, and dedicated program staff provide, introductory tips to conduct various evaluation activities in STEM settings including assessing program fidelity, quality, and youth outcomes.

National Afterschool Accreditation: COA

Council on Accreditation is now responsible for national afterschool accreditation. Please take a moment to visit Council on Accreditation to access comprehensive information on Afterschool Program recognition as well as the standards, process information, answers to some frequently asked questions, and the recognition applications. The COA website also contains links to Afterschool specific self-paced trainings that were developed to assist you and your staff in learning about COA and their standards. In addition, it will help you evaluate which opportunity is the best fit for your program.