Child Trends, a nonprofit, nonpartisan research center, just released an update containing research, instruments and guidance for measuring the impact of some out-of-school programs. The brief, entitled New Guides for Measuring Outcomes in Out-of-School Time Programs, provides links to:
1) a report on methods to help educators, service professionals and families identify and assist those youth coping with stress for the purposes of minimize risk for negative physical health and/or behavioral issues, and
2) a report on self-regulating (impulse control) of behavior, how to encourage the development of such skills and assessments to measure the presence of these skills in youth.
The Child Trends website is an excellent source of data and research studies on children and their development for service professionals, policy analysts, grant-writers, program developers, evaluators and families.