BASB to Participate in Three-City Pilot on Using Data to Drive Improvement

Boston After School & Beyond is proud to announce its selection as one of three cities to implement the Every Hour Counts Measurement Framework as part of a two-year pilot, funded by the Wallace Foundation, with the RAND Corporation serving as developmental evaluator. Joining the Providence After School Alliance and Sprockets and Youthprise in St. Paul, BASB is eager to examine and strengthen how we’re using data to spur improvement and to offer implementation lessons to the expanded learning field.

The Every Hour Counts Measurement Framework is designed to serve as a blueprint for understanding the impact of programs on youth outcomes, making improvements at the system and program levels, and influencing policy. The results from the pilot will inform a final report on how cities are implementing and utilizing the framework, and an updated Measurement Framework. These materials are expected to be of interest to practitioners, policymakers, researchers, funders and others involved in supporting expanded learning strategies for children and youth nationwide.

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The Every Hour Counts Measurement Framework Pilot presents a unique opportunity to rethink, revise, and refine our approach to maximizing the scale and sustainability of our initiatives. In the next five years, BASB’s goals for measurement are to (1) secure more robust and diverse partnerships; (2) advance the knowledge base on program quality and student social-emotional and academic skill development; and (3) unify the field through the Boston Learns Together principles, supported by common evaluation, professional development, and a quality improvement system. 

Through this pilot project, Boston After School & Beyond will continue our approach of linking theory, research, and practice so that they inform one another. This will enable Boston’s programs to improve while informing the larger field nationally. Importantly, BASB will engage in strategic planning with RAND and Every Hour Counts to balance different approaches to scale, namely increasing the depth with which BASB measures the quality and impact of current partners. Through these efforts, BASB strives to streamline its data collection and reporting processes, while simultaneously engaging a larger share of Boston’s learning ecosystem in collective efforts to measure progress.