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Category 1 - Management for Quality | Category 2 - Programmatic Approach | Category 3 - Youth Development Competencies

STANDARDS

  1. Working Outcomes
  2. Academic Learning Outcomes
  3. Productive Engagement Outcomes
  4. Program-Specific Outcomes
  5. Working Progress Measures
  6. Academic Learning Progress Measures
  7. Other Youth Development Progress Measures

Category 4 - Focus on Youth Results

Focus on Youth Results addresses standards for performance measurement: measuring, documenting and reporting youth outcomes and progress towards those outcomes. It explains why it makes sense to measure results; what to measure; who to measure; when to measure; and how to measure, in ways accepted by researchers and policy makers.

Quality programs focus on results. In Category 1 Management for Quality, Standard 1.5 Performance Accountability calls for setting measurable outcomes for youth performance. Category 4 addresses why it makes sense to measure results; what to measure; who to measure; when to measure; and how to measure, in ways accepted by researchers and policy makers.

For more details on the Standards, see the PEPNet Guide to Quality Standards for Youth Programs.
For more details on Results, see
From Data to Results: The PEPNet Guide to Quality Standars for Youth Programs.

4.1 Working Outcomes
  1. Work Readiness Credential Attainment
    Youth have attained an employer-validated work readiness credential.
  2. Placement in Unsubsidized Employment
    Youth have been placed in unsubsidized employment (wages are paid by the employer, not the program; includes the military).
  3. Retention in Unsubsidized Employment
    Youth have remained in unsubsidized employment.

4.2 Academic Learning Outcomes

  1. Literacy and Numeracy Gains
    Youth have increased literacy or numeracy skills by one or more educational functioning levels (de.ned as Adult Basic Education (ABE) or English as a Second Language (ESL) functioning levels).
  2. Credential Attainment - Secondary Education
    Youth have earned a General Education Degree (GED). Youth have earned a High School Diploma.
  3. Post-Secondary Placement
    Youth have entered post-secondary education or advanced/occupational training.
  4. Post-Secondary Retention
    Youth have remained in post-secondary education or advanced/occupational training.
  5. Credential Attainment - Post-Secondary
    Youth have earned a post-secondary academic degree. Youth have earned an advanced/occupational training.

4.3 Productive Engagement Outcomes

Placement in Productive Engagement
Youth are engaged in unsubsidized employment, post-secondary education/advanced training or a combination of both.

Retention in Productive Engagement
Youth remain in unsubsidized employment, post-secondary education/advanced training or a combination of both.

4.4 Program-Specific Outcomes

  1. This standard recognizes that programs may demonstrate other outcomes that they help youth achieve. These outcomes will vary from program to program, as they will be specific to the youth population served or program offerings or design.

4.5 Working Progress Measures
(Note: progress measures presented are examples; programs also may develop their own)

  1. Job Search
    Youth have gained competencies appropriate to securing employment.
  2. Employability
    Youth have gained competencies appropriate to maintaining employment.
  3. Work Experience/Occupational Training
    Youth have gained work experience. Youth have gained occupational skills for occupations in high demand locally.

4.6 Academic Learning Progress Measures
(Note: progress measures presented are examples; programs also may develop their own)

  1. School Engagement
    Youth have increased their engagement in school or have re-engaged in school.
  2. Academic Achievement Youth have increased or gained literacy or numeracy. Youth have improved grades or grade point average (GPA). Youth have advanced a grade level. Youth have completed secondary educational requirements appropriate to personal/career goals.
  3. College/Post-Secondary Awareness and Direction
    Youth have completed preparatory steps for and/or gained access to post-secondary education/training.
  4. Advancement in Post-Secondary Education/Training
    Youth have advanced a level Youth have completed post-secondary education/training requirements appropriate to personal/career goals.

4.7 Other Youth Development Progress Measures
(Note: progress measures presented are examples; programs also may develop their own)

  1. Connecting Progress Measures
    • Youth demonstrate ability to develop and sustain positive relationships with supportive adults.
    • Youth demonstrate ability to develop and sustain positive relationships with peers.
    • Youth demonstrate ability to work productively with others.
    • Youth demonstrate a sense of their own identity apart from others as well as a sense of being part of a greater whole.
    • Youth demonstrate ability to access and navigate community institutions.
    • Youth demonstrate ability to establish networks within the community.
  2. Leading Progress Measures
    • Youth demonstrate personal responsibility.
    • Youth demonstrate positive civic engagement.
    • Youth demonstrate leadership or leadership skills.
  3. Thriving Progress Measures
    • Youth demonstrate ability to maintain physical and emotional health.
    • Youth demonstrate ability and desire to avoid environments and situations potentially harmful to their health and well-being.
    • Youth demonstrate independent living skills.
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