Instruments to Measure Youth Programs from Child Trends

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.

New Website: Tools and Resources for Assessing Social Impact

Are you in need of resources for empirically determining the impact of a nonprofit initiative? Check out the recently launched Tools and Resources for Assessing Social Impact (TRASI) website. This site, the culmination of a partnership between The Foundation Center and McKinsey & Co., features assessment approaches developed by and for a wide range of not-for-profit organizations. TRASI is described as “an online portal of resources for impact assessment” that includes a selection of podcasts and videos, as well as the more traditional section of articles and a searchable database of methodologies for measuring the effect of programming in the nonprofit and philanthropic sector.

So, put on your research hat and visit the TRASI community to learn about all sorts of strategies for measuring your impact on the community.

NRM Housekeeping

Just wanted to point out some of the new stuff at NRM…

New links to logic model, outcomes & other program evaluation resources.

New links to resources on advocacy and lobbying for nonprofits.

Addition of the blogroll.

Resource links and the blog list will be updated as needed. Have a suggestion or a topic area you’d like to see featured as a post? Contact NRM here.