What makes after-school programs successful?

There’s been some debate out there about whether or not after school programs are actually effective. Some policy makers that decided they were going to argue for withdrawing funds for such organizations, because they don’t find them to be having any evidence yielding desired results.

There was a great study that worked on this exact question. It came out on 2010 and it studied about 7 after-school programs and this is what they found:

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Andrew Reynolds
Three Questions to move the needle in human services

Let’s face it: year after year, it can feel like you’re hardly making a difference. You’ve brought in new funding, hired new people, started new programs, acquired new technology — and yet it seems like the social problems you’ve dedicated your life to are just as vexing as they were when you started this work.

Let’s talk a little about three questions that can help inspire confidence in your funders and move the needle on the social problem you’ve been working to solve.

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Andrew Reynolds
More support needed for data-driven decision-making in Georgia nonprofits

The Nonprofit Finance Fund  demonstrates that there’s a gap between resources and need in the area of data and outcomes for Georgia nonprofits.

The past decade has brought immense changes to expectations about how nonprofits demonstrate effectiveness through the use of data. Funders and grant makers are placing increasing expectations on organizations to provide evidence of effectiveness.

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Andrew Reynolds
Where Good Ideas Come From

The nonprofit organizations I’ve worked with are constantly looking for new ways to advance their mission and to better support the people they serve. But at times it can seem like the work is the same year after year, with similar results. After a while, it may seem like going to work is just about surviving the day-to-day struggles of keeping people employed, putting out crises, and raising funds for next year’s budget. And getting caught in the day-to-day leaves less room for innovation.

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Andrew Reynolds