Measuring Youth Program Quality: A Guide to Assessment Tools

Forum for Youth Investment (FYI)

Given the “size and diversity of the youth-serving sector,” FYI notes, “it is unrealistic to expect that any one quality assessment tool will fit all programs or circumstances.”

That’s why this helpful guide compares the purpose, structure, content and technical properties of nine youth program quality assessment tools: Assessing Afterschool Program Practices Tool; Out-of-School Time Observation Tool; Program Observation Tool; Program Quality Observation; Program Quality Self-Assessment Tool; Promising Practices Rating Scale; Quality Assurance System; School-Age Care Environment Rating Scale; and Youth Program Quality Assessment. Free. 84 pages. (202) 207-3333,


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