Success in education is critical to improving quality of life and reducing poverty. After school and expanded learning programs help students meet state and local learning standards, offer students a broad array of enrichment activities, and offer literacy and other educational services to children and their families.
Over the last 10 years, IMPAQ has evaluated a variety of initiatives and approaches to extended learning programs. We are committed to using evidence to improve after school programs and community learning centers that provide academic enrichment opportunities during non-school hours, particularly for children who attend high-poverty and low-performing schools.
One example of our work is our evaluation of the 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) program. At the national level, the IMPAQ team provided logistics and analytic support for on-site monitoring visits, including selecting sites, coordinating site visit logistics, monitoring visits to all 54 states and jurisdictions, preparing monitoring reports, preparing site profiles describing program operations in each state/jurisdiction and improving monitoring tools. We reviewed state and local evaluation reports; state evaluation requirements, guidance, and technical assistance to sub-grantees; and use of evaluation results at both the SEA and sub-grantee levels. Our evaluation framework, workshops, webinars, and guidance materials for states and sub-grantees on conducting meaningful program evaluations were used to evaluate and improve this important national program.
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