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Measuring Quality in Afterschool Programs

By: Stacy Ashworth, PhD

Evaluation Project Manager, K–12

Afterschool Programs

Shaffer Evaluation Group recently began working with two Nita M. Lowey 21st Century Community Learning Centers projects in Maryland: one in Harford County Public Schools (HCPS) and one in Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS). As part of both projects, students are provided intervention through afterschool programming. SEG was contracted to provide external evaluation services, which have included determining how to best measure the quality of the afterschool programs.

Program Quality Assessments

The Forum for Youth Investment’s David P. Weikart Center for Youth Program Quality has developed a series of Program Quality Assessments to measure best practices for ensuring programs are safe, supportive, interactive, and engaging. Tools are available for programs serving children in grades K–6, youth in grades K–12, social-emotional learning, and summer learning. These assessments can be used by program staff as part of a self-assessment process or by a trained, reliable rater, such as Shaffer Evaluation Group. SEG is conducting observations at each project site and completing the assessment to provide feedback to project staff and support continuous improvement.


Would you like some support?

Who couldn't use more support? If you are interested in measuring the quality of your afterschool programs and are in need of additional support, contact SEG ( We will work with you to learn more about your project and needs and determine together how we can best support your program's growth. Learn more about us here:


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