Continuous Program Improvement (CPI)
The Continuous Program Improvement (CPI) process is an ongoing four-step cycle of PLAN-DO-CHECK-ADJUST. This process helps program staff intentionally and continuously improve their practices, to keep their programs dynamic, relevant, and — best of all — high quality.
Research and Reports
Tools and Templates
- Wilson-Ahlstrom, et al. (2014). From Soft Skills to Hard Data: Measuring Youth Program Outcomes. Washington, DC: Forum for Youth Investment. This guide reviews eight youth outcome measurement tools appropriate for use in afterschool and other settings.
- Yohalem, et al. (2009). Measuring Youth Program Quality: A Guide to Assessment Tools, 2nd Edition. Washington, DC: Forum for Youth Investment. This report compares the various afterschool and youth program quality assessment tools.
- Smith, et al. (2012). Continuous quality improvement in afterschool settings: Impact findings from the Youth Program Quality Intervention study. Washington, DC: Forum for Youth Investment.
- Nonprofit Technology Network (NTEN). Getting Started with Data-Driven Decision Making: A Workbook. This guide provides a general guide to nonprofit organizations that want to start using data to inform their decisions. (You must enter contact info to download the guide)
- David P. Weikart Center for Youth Program Quality. “Youth and School-Age Program Quality Assessment (PQA) Download.” Free downloadable tools and guides to help programs that wish to use the YPQA assessment tool.
- MHA Lab “MHA Toolkit.” This free toolkit includes more than 45 skill building worksheets, checklists and training supports. Mix and match to create your own custom skill-building program.
- Harris, Erin. (2011). Afterschool Evaluation 101: How to Evaluate an Expanded Learning Program. A how-to guide for conducting an evaluation, for those who have little or no evaluation experience.
- CYFERnetSEARCH.org. An innovative evaluation website offers interactive tools and vetted resources designed to build the evaluation capacity.