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Resource Roundup: April 26, 2012

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Apr 26, 2012


Harvard Family Research Project:
Common Practices in High Functioning Afterschool Programs

The Common Practices in High Functioning Afterschool Programs study was designed to understand exemplary practices in 21st Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) programs’ organization, structure, and content delivery, in order to develop resources and professional development that address issues relating to the establishment and sustainability of afterschool programs. Learn more.

Continuous Quality Improvement in Afterschool Settings:
Impact Findings from the Youth Program Quality Intervention

Afterschool programs get better the more they assess themselves and make changes based on those assessments, a new study by the Center for Youth Program Quality finds.This study, funded by the W.T. Grant Foundation, evaluates the Youth Program Quality Intervention (YPQI), a data-driven continuous improvement model for afterschool systems. It that three factors improve the quality of services delivered to young people: 1) a cycle of assessing staff practices; 2) planning based on the assessment; and 3) targeted training. It found that theYPQI model increases program quality among a wide range of afterschool systems, is sustainable and cost-effective, and might boost staff retention. Learn more.

The Nonprofit Social Media Policy Workbook
Designed for nonprofits new to the social media, this workbook will help your organization determine the best ways to use each platform (i.e. Facebook, Twitter, etc.) and develop a solid policy with clear guidelines as to what staff should and shouldn't do when posting and interacting with the community on a day-to-day basis. Learn more.


Arts Education Partnership: ArtsEdSearch
ArtsEdSearch is a new online clearninghouse for arts education research. It focuses on outcomes of arts education for students, for educators, in the context of in-school settings, and in the context of out-of-school settings at varying educational levels. Visit.


ArtsFwd: Can We Break the Glass Ceiling of Arts Leadership?
In a recent ArtsFwd blog post, Eleanor Whitney of the New York Foundation for the Arts examines the inequal representation of women in senior level positions or on the boards of nonprofit arts organizations.She also questions how this gender imbalance is impacting arts organizations' capacity for innovation and dynamic change.  Read more.

Huffington Post Education: From 'Artistic Rebel' to Global Changemaker
Sixteen year-old filmaker and education activist, Alex Urbach, tells the story of the founding of his nonprofit Giving from the Ground Up (GFGU), which produces cartoon-animated science, math and hygiene film curricula for elementary school children in developing nations. Read more.

How to Get People to Care About Your Organization
Nonprofit consultant Hildy Gottlieb suggests the way to garner support for your nonprofit organization is by refocusing the conversation on community benefit. It's not about the organization, it's about the community it serves. Read more.

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