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Program quality

Quality does matter and directly affects the development of youth. Our center is a leader in youth program quality assessment and improvement.

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Reports & journal articles

Utilizing Youth Participatory Evaluation for 4-H Program Improvement

Produced by Extension: Karyn Santl
Minnesota 4-H Youth Development staff facilitated a Youth Participatory Evaluation project of youth-adult teams in the northwest region. From the pilot project, we found that young people, when supported by adults, have a successful experience in evaluating programs that are personal to them. We also found that this work has potential to change the quality of clubs by deepening the engagement of adults and youth through evaluation work. We conclude that similar projects could serve as a gateway for inviting youth's voice and their meaningful engagement in 4-H clubs. (PDF) 2016.

Preliminary findings from the Minnesota 4-H Quality Improvement Study

Produced by Extension: Deborah Moore, Samantha Grant, Colleen McLaughlin, Kate Walker and Brenda Shafer
This preliminary report reviews a model currently being field tested using the YPQA tool and innovative data collection methodologies, which use 4-H youth and adult volunteers for assessing and improving youth program quality. (PDF) 2011.

Building Your Programs 20 Minutes at a Time: Book 3

Produced by Extension: Anne Stevenson, Anita Harris Hering, Betsy Olson.
This is the third book in a collection of tools for building reflection into learning settings. This “sequel” offers 28 new activities that will help users intentionally plan for enhancing program quality through reflection, participatory evaluation, engagement and leadership skill building. Research on youth program quality, brain-based learning, and social-emotional learning all point to the importance of reflection as essential to the learning process. This resource book will help you build skills for facilitating reflection with youth and adult groups through an experiential learning model. It offers a brief overview of experiential learning and youth program quality research, along with facilitator tips and additional resources. (PDF) 2014.

Even More! Building Your Programs 20 Minutes at a Time: Leadership & Reflection Activities You Can Use - Book 2

Produced by Extension: Anne Stevenson, Anita Harris Hering, Carol Skelly, Anna Gilbertson, Anne Moore
This “sequel” offers 22 additional activities to use with groups. Research on youth program quality and brain-based learning give us scientific proof that time for reflection and the use of a variety of reflective techniques facilitate learning. This resource booklet will help you build skills for facilitating reflection with youth or adult groups. It offers a brief overview of experiential learning and youth program quality research, facilitator tips, and 22 short reflection tools to help create quality experiential learning. (PDF) 2011.

Building Your Programs 20 Minutes at a Time: Leadership & Reflection Activities You Can Use

Produced by Extension: Anne Stevenson, Anita Harris Hering, Barb Piehl, Carol Skelly
Research on youth program quality and brain-based learning give us scientific proof that time for reflection and the use of a variety of reflective techniques facilitate learning. This resource booklet will help you build skills for facilitating reflection and building leadership skills with youth or adult groups. It offers a brief overview of experiential learning and youth program quality research, facilitator tips, and 27 short activities to help create quality experiential learning. (PDF) 2010.

Dilemmas of Practice: Challenges to Program Quality Encountered by Youth Program Leaders

Produced by Extension: Reed Larson and Kate Walker
To create and sustain high quality youth development programs it is important to understand the challenging situations and dilemmas that emerge in program leaders’ daily work with youth. In this research the experiences of leaders in 12 programs were followed over a 2–9-month period, which led to the identification of 250 dilemma situations. 2010.

Once we know it, we can grow it
Summary version

Produced by Extension: Joyce Walker, Cecilia Gran, Deborah Moore
A white paper on how quality matters in multiple dimensions of nonformal learning in the nonschool hours. (PDF) 2009.

Quality Matters in Afterschool Programs

Produced by Extension: Ann Lochner and Deborah Moore
A short brief about how youth who participate in high-quality afterschool programs have positive outcomes. Increasing the impact of afterschool programs means increasing program quality and youth engagement. (PDF) 2008.

Quality Toolkit - Voice and Engagement

Produced by Extension Center for Youth Development
Activities people can do with staff and young people for the Youth Program Quality Initiative. (PDF) 2007.

Quality Toolkit - Reflection

Produced by Extension Center for Youth Development
Activities people can do with staff and young people for the Youth Program Quality Initiative. (PDF) 2007.
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