Program Assessment, Evaluation, and Technical Assistance


researchevaluationpartnersNIOST researchers can partner with program leaders and administrators to conduct research and evaluation activities that help programs and organizations (a) measure youth outcomes; (b) evaluate and strengthen program quality locally and statewide; (c) investigate youth program experiences; (d) document program impacts; and (e) support and strategize on delivery of high quality experiences for children and youth. We have worked for over 40 years with a broad group of afterschool, summer learning, enrichment, 21st Century Community Learning Center, youth sports, and summer camp programs.


We bring our own personal experiences working in all of these settings along with our organization's history of working with OST and youth development professionals and educators across the country to plan, advise, and implement change and program quality building interventions. Sometimes we engage with partners for several weeks and other times for several years. Work can result in action planning, strategic visioning, staff training, program or organization-wide evaluation, system-building, reports and summaries, implementation of self-assessment processes, development of customized tools, and change in program approaches and practices. Let us know how we can partner with you to elevate your work and create positive change for all children and youth and the adults who work with them.




    "NIOST has been an anchor for numerous school age care projects we do, including ASQ (After-School Quality) and Links to Learning. They are a nationally respected organization that Pennsylvania has partnered with for over 20 years."

    – Betsy O. Saatman, TA Specialist/SAC Initiatives, Pennsylvania Key

    "NIOST was a core partner in supporting the development of quality improvement systems across the nine cities that participated in The Wallace Foundation Next Generation Afterschool System-Building Initiative. The NIOST team worked well with other technical assistance partners in the initiative, always willing to pitch in and collaborate with others to make our professional learning community meetings a team effort. I truly hope the Foundation has an opportunity to partner with them in the future."

    – Priscilla M. Little, Initiative Manager, The Wallace Foundation


    "NIOST has been a leader in the out-of-school time field for as long as I can remember, and I have relied on their research, tools, and advice to improve my practice throughout my career. Their staff members are good partners and good listeners, and their influence across the country is palpable."

    – Jane Quinn, Vice President and Director of National Center for Community Schools, Children's Aid Society

    "Georgia Hall, Ellen Gannett, and the NIOST team have been instrumental in driving the healthy afterschool movement. Their dedication to quality practice, informed policy, and collective impact is instrumental in our effort to create healthier communities."

    – Daniel W. Hatcher, Director, Community Partnerships, Alliance for a Healthier Generation

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The National Institute on Out-of-School Time

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