Research is important for the practitioner to use in her or his practice. A wealth of information exists via many agencies, organizations, and projects devoted to providing evidence of the influence and impact that afterschool and summer programming have on children, youth, families, and communities.
The nation’s leading voice for afterschool, the Afterschool Alliance is the dedicated to raising awareness of the importance of afterschool programs and advocating for more afterschool investments.
Harvard Family Research Project (HFRP)
Publishes an evaluation periodical (The Evaluation Exchange) that addresses current issues facing program evaluators of all levels, with articles written by the most prominent evaluators in the field. HFRP also provides a compilation of evaluation profiles of out-of-school-time programs and initiatives.
National AfterSchool Association
A leading voice of the afterschool profession dedicated to the development, education, and care of children and youth during their out-of-school hours. Also wrote a code of ethics that is very useful to the field.
RI KIDS COUNT
Publishes an annual Factbook that reports on 60+ indicators of child and youth well-being across five areas as well as periodic policy briefs on various education and health topics.
Nellie Mae Education Foundation
Dedicated solely to preparing New England’s learners for success. The Foundation’s strategic focus is promoting student-centered learning at the middle and high school levels across the region.
Seeks to support and share effective ideas and practices that will strengthen education leadership, arts participation, and out-of-school learning.
Forum for Youth Investment
A trusted resource for policy makers, advocates, researchers, and program professionals. Provides youth and adult leaders with the information, connections, and tools they need to create greater opportunities and outcomes for young people.
Provides excellent research and briefs for the out-of-school time field, including staff development, school and community involvement, and outcome measurements.
The Finance Project
Offers wide-ranging research related to their core mission to help leaders finance and sustain initiatives to build better futures for children, families, and communities.