Practice Areas

Afterschool/Out-of-School Time

In collaboration with school administrators, local community-based organizations, and program staff, CEEP has designed comprehensive evaluation protocols involving the administration of parent, student, and teacher surveys; the collection of attendance, grade, test scores, and student demographic data; and the implementation of annual sites visits to observe program practices. CEEP has conducted numerous afterschool/out-of-school time evaluations, including the following projects.

Evaluation of the Indiana 21st Century Community Learning Centers Program

Client: Indiana Department of Education
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CEEP continues to conduct a statewide evaluation of Indiana’s 21st Century Community Learning Centers (CCLC) initiative which currently delivers afterschool programming across 69 sites. During the first year of the project, CEEP conducted site visits and provided site-level and statewide data summaries of written reports and web conferences. Site visit protocols were designed to address key areas of emphasis within the state’s 21st CCLC goals and objectives. Site visits now allow for the assessment of program improvement as year-to-year results are tracked for each site. CEEP also developed a template for the Indiana Department of Education (IDOE) that enables program sites to report in a standardized manner on progress towards meeting their specific performance measures. CEEP reviews and synthesizes these reports and prepares summary reports for IDOE. CEEP also provides technical support to all program directors and their contracted local evaluators on revising program-level performance measures and developing rigorous assessment strategies.

Evaluation of Kentucky 21st Century Community Learning Centers

Client:  Kentucky Department of Education

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Since 2004, CEEP has been contracted by the Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) to evaluate and offer program assessments, provide performance measurement, and offer quick turn-around technical support for its 21st CCLC afterschool program. CEEP personnel worked with the federal monitor (Learning Points Associates) and KDE to develop the Kentucky 21st CCLC Annual Performance Report (APR) instrument and ensured that the APR would fulfill 21st CCLC federal (PPICS) and state data requirements. In addition, CEEP personnel collected the annual APRs electronically and offered phone and email support for APR completion. As a supplement to the evaluation contract, CEEP also developed and maintains a web-based policies and procedures manual for Kentucky 21st CCLC. This manual offers examples of program guidelines, best practices in administration and afterschool activities, and evaluation and assessment.

Sports and Arts in Youth Foundation (SASF) Evaluation

Client: Sports and Arts in Youth Foundation

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Established in 1992, Sports & Arts in Schools Foundation (SASF) is currently the largest provider of school-based afterschool programs in New York City. Despite anecdotal and preliminary data suggesting the impact of SASF out-of-school time programs on disadvantaged youth, there has been no rigorous or systematic evaluation of the impact and effectiveness of the SASF program and activities. CEEP worked with SASF to lay the groundwork for a more rigorous and independent evaluation to determine the extent to which these widely deployed SASF programs for disadvantaged youth in struggling schools positively impact students’ academic and psycho-social well-being; and the extent to which changes in educational, career and personal outcomes can be attributed to the activities and components of these SASF programs.

Evaluation Support for the Indiana Afterschool Network

Client: Indiana Afterschool Network
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The Indiana Afterschool Network (IAN) began in 2004 as an informal network of afterschool providers, educators, partners, and advocates. Their aim was to create a statewide organization to promote, sustain and expand quality programs for all children in Indiana. CEEP created of integrated activities to enhance the measurement of short-term outcomes aligned with IAN’s strategic priorities (e.g., TA to create an interactive, online version of the Indiana Afterschool Standards Program Self-Assessment; developing measurable outcomes related to strategic priorities; and conducting interviews with policymakers, state government leaders, and executives of stakeholder organizations to gauge the success of IAN in informing and enhancing their knowledge on out-of-school time issues). As part of its evaluation, CEEP conducted interviews with policymakers, state government leaders, and executives of stakeholder organizations to gauge the success of IAN in informing and enhancing their knowledge on out-of-school time (OST) issues.

Evaluation of the GEO Foundation’s 21st Century Community Learning Centers Initiative (21st CCLC)

Client: The GEO Foundation
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For two years, CEEP has conducted the external evaluation of the GEO Foundation’s 21st Century Community Learning Centers Initiative (21st CCLC). CEEP conducts site visits, analyzes survey and student-level data, consults on issues related to data collection and analysis, and presents the evaluation results in a written report and through in-person presentations. The evaluation for the GEO Foundation’s afterschool program includes data collection strategies intended to provide both formative and summative information. The formative evaluation features are based on the information needs of various program stakeholders, including program directors and staff, the Indiana Department of Education (IDOE), and a local advisory committee. Data is collected through interviews and observations during site visits to provide information related to the implementation of the program. Summative data collection efforts focus on assessing the extent to which the program meets performance measures related to the program objectives and overall goals. Goals, objectives, and performance measures of the program have been developed to be consistent with Indiana’s statewide educational goals and objectives (defined by IDOE) and the purpose of the federal 21st CCLC program.