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Quality Accountability: Improving Fidelity of Broad Developmentally Focused Interventions

Charles Smith and Tom Akiva

in Toward Positive Youth Development

Published in print June 2008 | ISBN: 9780195327892
Published online April 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780199301478 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195327892.003.0011
Quality Accountability: Improving Fidelity of Broad Developmentally Focused Interventions

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This chapter describes the Youth Program Quality Intervention (YPQI), a setting-level intervention model designed to raise quality in out-of-school time programs. The YPQI takes managers and staff from a network of youth programs through a process of identifying and addressing strengths and areas for improvement, using a standardized assessment tool. This tool operationalizes a definition of program quality based on providing youth access to key developmental experiences. Descriptive findings about the quality of youth programs are presented. A three-level model of settings also addresses system accountability, management, and the point of service in youth programs. The chapter discusses accountability structures ranging from low stakes to higher stakes, and presents a generic model for setting change.

Keywords: assessment; program quality; afterschool; out-of-school time; accountability; professional learning community

Chapter.  7854 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Developmental Psychology

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