New OST Program Quality Survey Now Available

Program quality is a big concern among youth development experts who work in out-of-school time (OST) settings. Search Institute’s newest assessment—the Youth and Program Strengths (YAPS) survey—is now available to help OST leaders zero in on what's working and what can be improved in their programs.

Finding out how young people actually feel about a program is an important aspect of measuring quality. The YAPS survey is a low cost, online instrument to measure young people’s perceptions of factors that affect OST program quality:

  • physical and psychological safety
  • appropriate structure
  • developmental relationships
  • opportunities to belong
  • positive social norms
  • support of efficacy and mattering
  • opportunities for skill building
  • integration of family, school, and community efforts
  • program dosage (how often youth are attending your programs)

The Youth and Program Strengths survey also includes the full Developmental Assets Profile (DAP), so it gathers additional data on:

  • youth viewpoints on the asset-rich nature of their school, program, peers, communities, families, and themselves
  • internal Developmental Asset categories
  • external Developmental Asset categories

The Youth and Program Strengths survey is suitable for youth in grades 6 through 12, and can be used for pre- and post-survey evaluation. Rather than relying on free or staff-written surveys, this reliable and valid instrument can help organizations "make the case" with funders. In addition, each program will receive a thorough report that offers unique and complementary information on its youth, emphasizing the strengths and supports they have in their everyday lives.

Pricing: $150 per site for account set-up (one-time fee), $1 per youth, per survey, and $150 for additional reports or individual scores/data file.

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P.S. Look for new workshops on OST program quality this spring!

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Tuesday, March 10, 2015

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