Continuous Improvement—M3

M3 - Making Meaning with Multiple Data Sets.

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Making Data Matter for Programs

Afterschool programs often collect a lot of data—and that’s a good thing. Data can tell you who’s coming to your program, what they’re learning and much, much more.

But how do you bring all those different data sets together to create the most impactful, data-driven Continuous Improvement Plan for your program?


Answer = 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.

What data do I need for my M3 Huddle?

Programs should prepare their data before the M3 Huddle and bring it to the session. The types of data that work best include:

Quality Practices
Youth Outcomes
Program Experiences
Ready? Set? M3!

Check out these resources to help your program prepare for your M3 Huddle.

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

Guide to types of M3 data and how to gather it.

An overview of how the M3 Huddle training flows and make use of the data you bring.

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 BiBi, so you can identify strengths and areas for improvement.

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