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Afterschool Programs: A Review of Evidence Under the Every Student Succeeds Act

The 2015 Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) is the major source of federal funding for afterschool programs in the United States, especially through its 21st Century Community Learning Centers program. The law also encourages—and in…

An Evaluation of Congreso de Latinos Unidos’ Exito Program at Kensington CAPA High School

RFA is partnering with Congreso de Latinos Unitos to evaluate its Exito program at Kensington CAPA High School in Philadelphia. Exito uses a multi-pronged approach to provide case management and after-school programming to students at…

Community Perceptions, Quality Assurance, and Literacy Practices in the City of Philadelphia’s Out-of-School-Time System

This study is a high-level examination of OST programs in the city to better understand community perceptions of local OST program offerings and usage, OST literacy practices, OST staffing and OST provider definitions of quality. This…

Afterschool Arts Programming in the Boys’ and Girls’ Clubs of America: A Mixed-Methods Evaluation

RFA partnered with McClanahan and Associates, Inc. to conduct a five-year mixed-methods evaluation of after-school arts programming in Boys & Girls Clubs funded by the Wallace Foundation. Our work provided actionable, formative feedback to each…

Tracking the Implementation and Success of Academically-Oriented After-School Programs: 21st Century Grants

The 21st Century grant program of the U.S. Department of Education supports the creation of community learning centers that provide academic enrichment opportunities during non-school hours for students who attend high-poverty and low-performing schools. RFA…

An Evaluation of Elev8: A Community Schools Model

RFA and McClanahan Associates, Inc. are conducting a multi-year, mixed-methods evaluation of Elev8, a community schools initiative funded by Atlantic Philanthropies in four sites across the country--Baltimore, Chicago, New Mexico and Oakland. As a Community…

City Year Philadelphia: An Evaluation of Implementation and Impact

RFA is conducting evaluation research for City Year Greater Philadelphia which has two major purposes: (1) summative research uses survey and student outcome data to address project benchmarks. (2) qualitative research at three in-depth research…

An Evaluation of Congreso de Latino Unidos’ Éxito Project

Congreso de Latinos Unidos is a non-profit social service organization in Philadelphia that has a long history of working with children and youth in the Philadelphia School System as well as the juvenile justice system.…

City Year Miami: An Implementation Evaluation

RFA was contracted by City Year Miami and the Knight Foundation to conduct a two-year mixed-method evaluation study of City Year's Whole School Whole Child (WSWC) model. The program components of the WSWC model focus…

An Evaluation of EducationWorks’ National School and Community Corps (NSCC)

NSCC is an Americorps National Service Program. Full-time NSCC participants implement academic and other support programs in public schools during the school day; they also carry out after-school activities for students, parents, and community members,…

An Action Research Project: Philadelphia Museum of Art’s Project with the Philadelphia Schools

RFA provided the PMA education staff with a series of professional development sessions. The sessions focused on the skills and practices of program assessment and evaluation. The research focused on two Museum programs: an after-school…

An Evaluation of the Partners for Youth Program: American Red Cross

The American Red Cross's Partners for Youth program matches a major service organization with Philadelphia middle schools to provide an opportunity for young adolescents to explore goals, values, and community needs as they engage in…

Afterschool Programs: A Review of Evidence Under the Every Student Succeeds Act

Afterschool Programs: A Review of Evidence Under the Every Student Succeeds Act reviews research from 2000 to 2017 and finds 128 afterschool programs with research that meets the requirements of ESSA’s top three tiers. Of…

Afterschool Evidence Guide: A Companion to A Review of Evidence Under the Every Student Succeeds Act

The Afterschool Evidence Guide, a companion to Afterschool Programs, provides detailed, individual descriptions of the afterschool programs with evidence that meets the research requirements of ESSA’s top three tiers. The guide also includes summaries of…

Designing for Engagement: The Experiences of Tweens in the Boys & Girls Clubs’ Youth Arts Initiative

A 2013 Wallace-commissioned report pointed to 10 principles that small, high-quality, arts-focused youth organizations appear to share. Four years later, RFA's investigation into Wallace's Youth Arts Initiative showed that the Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA), a multi-faceted…

Supporting Literacy in Out-of-School Time: An Examination of OST Early Literacy Practices in Philadelphia

Philadelphia’s Out-of-School Time (OST) system has identified K-3rd grade literacy support as the focus of the first phase of its strategic plan, launched in 2017. Research shows that OST programs can have an impact on…

Raising the Barre & Stretching the Canvas: Implementing High-Quality Arts Programming in a National Youth Serving Organization

As part of an ongoing, multi-million dollar Wallace Foundation initiative to improve and expand arts learning opportunities for young people, the Wallace Foundation, in partnership with the Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA), developed…

Adding Another Voice: Caretakers’ Experiences Utilizing Philadelphia’s Out-of-School Time Programs

Nationwide, there is a high demand for out-of-school time (OST) programs, and this demand has not been fully met—particularly in high-poverty areas. Information about caretakers’ and children’s OST needs can help citywide systems better target…

Executive Summary: Raising the Barre & Stretching the Canvas

As part of an ongoing, multi-million dollar Wallace Foundation initiative to improve and expand arts learning opportunities for young people, the Wallace Foundation, in partnership with the Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA), developed…

Supporting Literacy in Out-of-School Time: Summary of Evidence

The City of Philadelphia’s Citywide Out‐of‐School‐Time (OST) Initiative was launched in February 2017 to better coordinate and focus the capacities of OST programs on the needs of the city’s children. The first phase of this initiative…

Scanning the System: Support for Quality Programming in Philadelphia’s Out-of-School Time

Approximately a quarter of a million school-aged children and youth live in Philadelphia. No exact count exists of how many participate in Out-of-School Time (OST) programs. The City of Philadelphia estimates that 187,000 children and…

Summary of 21st Century OST Learning Community Workshops

During the summer and fall of 2015, RFA hosted three Learning Community Workshops to provide opportunities for Philadelphia’s 21st CCLC providers to further discuss the findings from the “citywide” report as well as their implications…

Research for Action’s Evaluation of 21st Century Community Learning Center Grantees: A Snapshot of OST Programs in Philadelphia in 2013-14

21st Century Community Learning Center (21st CCLC) grants are designed to support out-of-school time (OST) programs that provide academic support for youth attending high-poverty, underperforming schools. The programs also offer enrichment activities, such as art…

On Track to Success: The Fifth Year Evaluation of Congreso’s Éxito Program

Congreso de Latinos Unidos has partnered with Edison High School on the Éxito™ initiative since 2008-09 with the goal of reducing the school’s high dropout rate and increasing graduation rates. The program has received support…

On Track to Success: Five Year Summary of Evaluation Results from Congreso’s Éxito Program

Congreso de Latinos Unidos has partnered with Edison High School on the Éxito™ initiative since 2008-09 with the goal of reducing the school’s high dropout rate and increasing graduation rates. The program has received support…

A Snapshot of OST Programs in Philadelphia: An Evaluation of Eleven 21st Century Community Learning Center Grantees

21st Century Community Learning Center (21st CCLC) grants are designed to support out-of-school time (OST) programs that provide academic support for youth attending high-poverty, under performing schools. The programs also offer enrichment activities such as…

Out-of-School Time in Elev8 Community Schools: A First Look at Participation and its Unique Contribution to Students’ Experiences in School

In 2007, The Atlantic Philanthropies (Atlantic) made an investment in its first five community schools in the State of New Mexico. Over the years that followed, Atlantic invested in developing community schools in three additional…

On Track to Success: The Fourth Year Evaluation of Congreso’s Éxito Program

Congreso de Latinos Unidos has partnered with Edison High School on the Éxito™ initiative since 2008-09 with the goal of reducing the school’s high dropout rate and increasing graduation rates. The program has received support…

A Snapshot of OST Programming in Philadelphia: An Evaluation of Six 21st Century Community Learning Center Grantees

21st Century Community Learning Center (21st CCLC) grants are designed to support out-of-school time (OST) programs to provide academic support for youth attending high-poverty, under-performing schools. The programs also offer enrichment activities such as art…

Year Four Evaluation of City Year Greater Philadelphia

Research for Action's (RFA's) evaluation of City Year Greater Philadelphia (CYGP) c during the 2011-12 school year represents the fourth consecutive year of RFA's partnership with CYGP. The study found that Corps members were not…

On Track to Success: The Third Year Evaluation of Congreso’s Éxito Program

Congreso de Latinos Unidos has partnered with Edison High School on the Éxito™ initiative since 2008-09 with the goal of reducing the school’s high dropout rate and increasing graduation rates. The program has received support…

On Track to Success: The Second Year Evaluation of Congreso’s Éxito Program

Congreso de Latinos Unidos has partnered with Edison High School on the Éxito™ initiative since 2008-09 with the goal of reducing the school’s high dropout rate and increasing graduation rates. The program has received support…

Getting On Track: Lessons from Éxito’s First Year

Congreso de Latinos Unidos has partnered with Edison High School on the Éxito™ initiative since 2008-09 with the goal of reducing the school’s high dropout rate and increasing graduation rates. The program has received support…