Measurement Toolkit

Our suite of evaluation tools and techniques supports youth development organizations in their continuous improvement work


YDEKC has built a collection of measurement tools, tip sheets, and planning documents for youth development leaders who are trying to embed continuous improvement into their programs. Most of these resources were developed and piloted by our Shared Measurement Initiative cohort, but they have been revised and adapted to be broadly applicable across our field.

About the Toolkit

Our toolkit is aligned to the Washington State Quality Standards developed by School’s Out Washington. It is guided by the following core principles:

  • Commitment to honest inquiry and ongoing organizational learning
  • Respect for the privacy and dignity of children and families
  • Focus on actionable, improvement-oriented data
  • Elevation of evaluation practices that advance racial equity
  • Advancement of participatory approaches to the evaluation of youth programs

How to use the Toolkit

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The toolbox is organized into three sections that correspond to the Plan-Collect-Reflect sequence shown above. Each section contains:

  • A checklist that allows organizations to quickly assess evaluation practices against the core principles above
  • PowerPoint presentations that provide background on key evaluation topics
  • Tip sheets covering a range of evaluation activities
  • Worksheets and planning tools to put learning into practice

Resources can be used alone or in combination, and most can be adapted to suit a more specific purpose.

Toolkit Contents

  • Part 1: Planning for Evaluation – This section contains information on logic model and theory of change development, and resources to help plan for an annual evaluation cycle.
  • Part 2: Collecting Data – This section outlines options for collecting information on youth programs. Resources are adaptable to a range of settings, but are aligned to the QuEST model (high-Quality programs -> youth Engagement -> Skill development -> Transfer outcomes).
  • Part 3: Reflecting on Data Now what? This section provides guidance on the analysis and reporting of qualitative and quantitative data, as well as tools for interpreting and acting on evaluation data.