We promote common youth development outcomes in our community.
We know that high-quality youth development programs contribute to successful outcomes for young people. We are working to build common language around key youth development outcomes, and to provide common measures that will help us to better understand our impact as individual organizations and as a field.
Why common outcomes?
We believe that we are better together, both as a sector and as part of the larger system of supports for children and youth in King County. Common outcomes provide us with a basis for collaboration and allow us to better understand how the work of our individual organizations contributes to the common good.
How do we promote common outcomes?
We are currently pursuing a multi-pronged approach to common outcomes:
- We have developed a Measurement Toolkit that serves as an evaluation framework for youth development organizations; we support toolkit implementation through periodic training opportunities.
- We convene a peer learning community dedicated to tackling measurement and evaluation issues.
- We support shared outcomes and shared data between youth development organizations and schools through our School-Community Partnership Toolkit
- We convene cross-sector leaders to elevate strategies that support Social-Emotional Learning
- We promote a common regional Theory of Change in the King County community
Additionally, we support youth development practitioners and educators with research and resources related to high-quality, high-impact programming and holistic youth outcomes.