Connecting the Dots: Data-Based Decision Making

Included in this strand are topics that focus on using data to showcase student achievement, drive positive change, build high quality programs, assess progress, and plan staff development.

After School Zone: Connecting the Dots of Data to Build High-Quality Programs

Lasheena Williams, Orange County Government; Kelvin Curry, Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Florida; and Cory Johns, YMCA of Central Florida

Join us for an exciting look into how Orange County, Florida’s award winning After School Zone “connects the dots” of student data to build high-quality youth programs and achieve measureable outcomes! Young Entrepreneur’s Program and Transition Model best practices show attendees how to successfully launch and expand new programs. Join us and learn about a variety of useful student data tools.

Grades 6-8


21st CCLC - aligned

Catching Data = Quality Programming

Wendy Weisbart, Communicate, Collaborate, Celebrate!!!

Every program collects data…Now what? Join seasoned experts in sharing innovative ideas on contributions to learning. Participants will go through the process of developing their own bragging rights. This process includes linking your goals and outcomes to stakeholders, partnerships, and resources. Utilize your unique data to tell your story and to see how data can be a powerful tool when correctly utilized! At the end of the session, participants will be armed with customized data to assist them in demonstrating their successes aligned with the updated 21st CCLC performance outcomes!

Grades K-12


21st CCLC - aligned

Creative Ways to Solicit Youth Input

Corey Newhouse, Public Profit

Break out of the survey box! There’s more than one way to learn what youth think without a survey. Participants in this workshop will learn about verbal, kinesthetic, and visual ways to solicit young people’s input through hands-on practice and review of the Creative Ways to Solicit Youth Input manual.

Grades K-12


21st CCLC - aligned

Dabbling in the Data: Helping Teams go from “aah!” to “alright!” When Making Meaning from Data

Corey Newhouse, Public Profit

Data helps programs target services and tell their stories, but analysis can be intimidating! Dabbling in the Data provides 15 activities that out-of-school time organizations can use internally or with partners. In this skill-building session, participants will learn how to make meaning of data, yielding actionable insight and powerful stories.

Grades K-12


21st CCLC - aligned

Data-Informed OST Planning: Using Opportunity360 to Drive Programs

Tina Hike-Hubbard and Andrew Masters, Enterprise Community Partners

Data is critical to maximizing the impact of out-of-school time programs. This workshop will highlight this importance and provide an opportunity to utilize a free resource to integrate qualitative and quantitative data into hypothetical programs.

Grade K-12


21st CCLC - aligned

Evaluation Done Right: Asking the Right Questions and Using the Right Tools

Michelle Gleason, Carlos Albizu University

The importance and power of demonstrating your project’s achievements through data cannot be understated. Data-driven decision making, evaluation, and accountability are common, if not mandated, terms in the field of education. Designing a system to track program quality and impact, with limited resources, can be a challenge. Using our five-year experience with our afterschool program, we will guide you through the phases of designing and implementing an evaluation system to showcase student achievements and program outcomes, sharing some of our tools and providing useful tips to overcome common pitfalls in this process.

Grades K-12


21st CCLC - aligned

How Do You CQI? Use your Data to Better Inform your Actions

Elizabeth Hodnett and Mei-Lam Rice, Council on Accreditation

Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI), everyone seems to be talking about it, but how do you do it effectively? In this session, you will be introduced to research-informed principles that can help your program/organization to assess your quality improvement practices, identify tangible action steps to strengthen those practices, and ensure that you are equally rigorous in your focus on stakeholder investment as you are on analyzing data.

Grades 6-12


21st CCLC - aligned

How to Gather Community Data So that you Can Move the Needle on Educational Goals with Collective Impact

Frank Ridzi, Central New Youk Community Foundation/Le Moyne College

Data-based decision making requires clear and measurable outcomes so that goals can be set, progress can be tracked, and adjustments can be made. We focus on how to build such a data system to guide community collaboration around K-12 and actually know if the community is improving.

Grades K-12


21st CCLC - aligned

Is It Working? Creating High Quality Curriculum Using a Data-Driven Design Process

Bekka Nolan, Museum of Science – Boston

Come learn how to improve your out-of-school time offerings by setting goals, observing, and gathering feedback during a hands-on engineering activity. Discuss how to improve and implement these data collection practices in your own setting and walk away with four evaluation tools to guide your strategic planning and goal setting.

Grades K-8


21st CCLC - aligned

Lessons Learned from 21st CCLC State-Level Evaluations

Anane Olatunji, Align Education, LLC

Unfortunately, state-level grantees must work in “administrative silos” without the benefit of knowing how their counterparts across state lines handle challenges similar to their own. This session not only breaks down such barriers but also builds bridges by exploring valuable insights garnered from recent state-level evaluations nationwide!

Grades K-12


21st CCLC - aligned

Needs Assessments that Consider the Whole Child’s Whole Day

Jillian Luchner, Afterschool Alliance

Under the newly implemented education law, schools are rethinking the needs assessment process that identifies how they will target billions of dollars of federal funds to reach state goals for well-rounded student success. Afterschool programs are great partners for schools: providing academic enrichment and engagement, caring adults, a nutritious meal, physical activity, and more. Discuss how engagement with this needs assessment process can leverage resources and serve the needs of programs, schools, and most importantly, youth.

Grades K-12


21st CCLC - aligned

STEPS to Evaluation of Youth Development Programs in Out-of-School Time

Christine Corriston and Robyn Schreiber, Laurus Grant Writing and Evaluation Services, LLC

A data-driven program requires more than measurements. It requires a meaningful process of assessing needs, utilizing field-tested methods, conducting analyses and incorporating findings into decision-making processes. This workshop will provide the framework and tools for youth development programs serving K-12 students to improve their usage of data in continuous improvement efforts.

Grades K-12


21st CCLC - aligned

Stop, Look, and Listen to what your Data is Telling You!

Simone Danielson and Jeff Barnett, Georgia Department of Education 21st CCLC, J. Lamont Harris, Georgia Quality, LLC

Join us for a ride on the Data Train where you will STOP, LOOK and LISTEN to what your data is telling you, and use that information to develop a process of continuous improvement in your afterschool program. This workshop will provide information and strategies to be used in Grades K-12.

Grades K-12.


21st CCLC - aligned

Tips for Using Spreadsheets for the 21st CCLC Annual Performance Report

Joe Cayen, Cayen Systems

Using spreadsheets to track program data can be a major challenge for afterschool programs, especially program data which relates to the 21st CCLC Annual Performance Report. This workshop will provide examples of what data spreadsheets need to track, the best ways to store the information, and common errors that occur when compiling 21st CCLC data.

Grades K-12


21st CCLC - aligned