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From Data to Results: The PEPNet Guide to Measuring and Improving Performance in Youth Programs

This guide addresses the elements of measuring results, step by step, and explains how to use the collected data to improve performance. It defines technical terms and concepts, explains calculations, provides specific suggestions about what to measure and how, and includes simple exercises to help understand the materials. And it goes beyond collecting and documenting results, exploring how to analyze results, how to communicate them and how to use youth results and other program data to improve program operations.

NYEC EDNet: Second Edition

NYEC EDNet is a tool for continuous improvement for education programs and schools serving vulnerable youth. NYEC EDNet consists of detailed criteria identified as common to effective education programs and schools by a national working group of educators, practitioners, policymakers and researchers; and a comprehensive self-assessment that can assist education programs and schools improve their services and also inform policymakers, funders and the public about what works for youth. 

PEPNet Guide to Quality Standards for Youth Programs
A research- and practice-based guide to improving the quality of programs linking youth to employment and education for a successful transition to adulthood.
Barriers and Promising Approaches to Workforce Development and Youth Development for Young Offenders - Policy Profiles
Policy profiles from Barriers and Promising Approaches to Workforce Development and Youth Development for Young Offenders, commissioned by the Annie E. Casey Foundation and written by David Brown and Sarah Maxwell, National Youth Employment Coalition; Edward DeJesus, Youth Development and Research Fund, Inc., and Vincent Schiaraldi, Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice. (c) 2002
The Fourth R: New Research Shows Which Academic Indicators Are the Best Predictors of High School Graduation--and What Interventions Can Help More Kids Graduate - Spring 2007
This report summarizes the findings of research looking at data for the Portland Public Schools Class of 2004 as it moved through high school to expected graduation in June 2004. The study was undertaken as the basis for determining how to implement support effectively to increase the number of students who graduate from high school. The research focused on learning what indicators best predict which students are at risk for failing to graduate and determining when, by year and quarter, students are most likely to disengage from school.
Whatever It Takes: How Twelve Communities Are Reconnecting Out-of-School Youth (2006)
"Whatever It Takes: How Twelve Communities Are Reconnecting Out-Of-School Youth" documents what committed educators, policymakers, and community leaders across the country are doing to reconnect out-of-school youth to the social and economic mainstream. It provides background on the serious high school dropout problem and describes in-depth what twelve communities are doing to reconnect dropouts to education and employment training. It also includes descriptions of major national program models serving out-of-school youth. Case Studies include: Montgomery County (Dayton), Ohio; Jefferson County (Louisville), Kentucky; Austin, Texas; Salt Lake City, Utah; Portland, Oregon; Oakland, California; Trenton, New Jersey; Baltimore, Maryland; Pima County (Tucson), Arizona; Camden, New Jersey; Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Published by the American Youth Policy Forum (AYPF), 2006.
GAO Report: Youth Provisions Promote New Service Strategies, but Additional Guidance Would Enhance Program Development
GAO Report on WIA Youth Program Suggests Additional Guidance Would Enhance Program Development  (4/02)
Barriers and Promising Approaches to Workforce Development and Youth Development for Young Offenders - Overview
An overview of Barriers and Promising Approaches to Workforce Development and Youth Development for Young Offenders, commissioned by the Annie E. Casey Foundation and written by David Brown and Sarah Maxwell, National Youth Employment Coalition; Edward DeJesus, Youth Development and Research Fund, Inc., and Vincent Schiaraldi, Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice. (c) 2002
Advancing Youth Development Under the Workforce Investment Act - Jan. 1999
Advancing Youth Development Under the Workforce Investment Act by David Brown 1/1/99
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