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.

Latest M3 News & Resources

M3 Huddle Sessions – Register Now!

All M3 Huddle sessions are open for registration! 

Minneapolis Session, Friday, January 20, 2017, 9:30AM-3:30PM CST.
This session in partnership with the Minneapolis Youth Coordinating Board and the Minneapolis Afterschool Network.

Greater Twin Cities Metro (Brooklyn Center), Thursday, January 12, 2017, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM CST.

Southeast Huddle Session (Rochester), Thursday, January  12, 2017, 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM CST.
This session in partnership with Rochester Youth Programs Network & Rochester Public Schools – Community Education.

Southwest Huddle Session (Willmar), Wednesday, January 25, 2017, 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM CST.

Northwest Huddle Session (Bemidji), Friday, January 20, 2017, 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM CST.
This session in partnership with Extension Center for Youth Development.

Northeast Huddle Session (Duluth), Friday, January 27, 2017, 9:00 AM- 3:00 PM CST.
This session in partnership with Extension Center for Youth Development – K.E.Y. Zone Program Collaborative.

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 PowerPoint.

St. Paul Huddle Sessions, in partnership with the Minneapolis Youth Coordinating Board and Minneapolis Afterschool Network, will be on Friday, December 16 and Friday, January 13 at 9: 00 AM. Please register through Sprockets and contact Jocelyn Wiedow at jwiedow@ywcaofstpaul.org with any questions or concerns.