Continuous Improvement—M3

M3 - Making Meaning with Multiple Data Sets.

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Data can tell you who’s coming to your program, what students are 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?


Making Data Matter for Programs

Making Meaning with Multiple Data Sets (M3) is a process led by a certified facilitator supporting 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 bringing program teams together to intentionally make meaning of their data and plan action steps.


M3 Around Minnesota

Free and open M3 Huddles supported by Ignite Afterschool typically take place in 7 regions across Minnesota in January, intentionally scheduled to support Continuous Program Improvement. Register Now


If you are interested and would like to find out if you can become a certified M3 facilitator, please contact




Ready? Set? M3!

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

M3 Planning Guide Book Cover

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 Tools Book Cover

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

BiBi Self Assessment Guide Book Cover

Use this worksheet to reflect on how your program is using the effective afterschool practices in BiBi, to identify strengths and areas for improvement. This worksheet can be printed or filled out as an electronic form.

Get Ready for M3 Huddles Webinar

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.)