M3 – Making Meaning with Multiple Data Sets

What is M3?

Making Meaning with Multiple Data Sets (M3) is a process led by a certified facilitator that supports organizations in using 2-4 data sets to intentionally reflect, plan and identify action steps to improve their afterschool programs. The key to this process is the M3 Huddle, a 6-hour session that brings program teams together to intentionally make meaning of their data and plan action steps.

Why does M3 matter?
Programs that participate in M3 are engaging in the Continuous Program Improvement (CPI) process laid out in Believe It. Build It. - Minnesota's Guide to Effective Afterschool Practices. CPI is an evidence-based approach to improving youth outcomes in afterschool programs. M3 = CPI = Better Youth Outcomes.

CPI-Block-Web-VersionHow do programs participate in M3?

Programs participating in M3 are engaged in a continuous process of improvement, which includes a day-long facilitated session. Programs should prepare their data before this session. The types of data that work best for M3 include: Quality Practices, Attendance/Participation, Youth Outcomes and Program Experience.

Start Planning Now!

Here are some key M3 planning materials you can use:

Planning Guide to Participate in M3
Provides a 1-page overview of the M3 process, the types of data to collect, and how to plan for M3 Huddles.

M3 Data Collection Plan and M3 Datasets & Tools
These two handouts are helpful for understanding data collection tools and planning how to gather M3 data.

M3 Process Chart
Provides an overview of how the M3 Huddle 6-hour training flows, and how it utilizes the data you bring.

Believe It. Build It. Self-Assessment Form
This worksheet can be printed or filled out as an electronic form. It allows you to reflect on how your program is doing in using each effective practice and Building Block in Believe It. Build It., so you can identify strengths and areas for improvement.

M3 2018 Sessions Are Live!

Not sure if Making Meaning with Data Sets (M3) is right for you and your youth program? 
View the recording of the M3 webinar here. NOTE: Fast forward the webinar to 2 minutes and 30 seconds to begin the PowerPoint.