In the afterschool field, we all know that data is king. In fact, the Afterschool Alliance recently centered our entire Afterschool for All Challenge around research and evaluations. Data can be used to improve programs, promote accountability, discover program needs and help advocacy efforts. That's why a new set of tip sheets released this month by The Wallace Foundation stand as invaluable resources to those involved in afterschool and summer learning programs.
The tip sheets are meant to be used by city agencies, program staff, parents and advocates to help them use data to augment afterschool programs. They offer useful information on what types of data points are useful, how data should be collected and how that data is best put to use. Additionally, the tip sheets provide concrete examples of how programs across the country have used data to augment their afterschool efforts. For more information on the Wallace Foundation's "Afterschool Data: What Cities Need to Know" set of tip sheets, check out their press release or click here for the full report.