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Putting data to work for young people: A framework for measurement, continuous improvement, and equitable systems


Collecting data, knowing how to interpret it, acting on it effectively—all of these can be a struggle for intermediaries. There is a dizzying array of data out there. Many intermediaries waste time and energy collecting the wrong data in the wrong way. Disorganized or sporadic attempts can lead to confusion and frustration. To truly get the benefits of data, intermediaries need to be thoughtful and deliberate about what to collect, why collect it, how to collect it, and how to use it. Every Hour Counts, a national coalition of expanded learning intermediaries, released a framework in 2021 to help intermediaries do exactly that. The framework focuses on a common set of outcomes that the intermediaries in the coalition hope to achieve through their afterschool system-building work and identifies ways of measuring progress toward each of those outcomes. (author abstract)

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