Research and Resources

YDEKC connects leaders in the youth development field with research relevant to their work.

We provide our members and partners with practical tools in the areas of non-profit management, program evaluation, school and community partnerships, and whole child outcomes (i.e. youth skills and dispositions). We also connect leaders in youth development with emerging research, and work with local and national partners to advance field-level knowledge.  


Understanding and Assessing Program Quality

An introduction to the YPQA, with a matrix comparing it to Washington's TPEP frameworks.

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Bias in Program Research

Tip sheet summarizing the types of bias one encounters most often in program evaluation

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High-Quality Practice Brief

Research-to-practice brief describing the Youth Program Quality Assessment, and its relationship to youth success.

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Evaluation Timeline Worksheet

Use this tool to create a school-year calendar for evaluation.

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