Evaluation and Research
Dallas Afterschool is managing an innovative research initiative to measure not only the impact of our programs on afterschool quality but also the afterschool program impact on student attendance, academic achievement, and social and emotional health. Participating sites administer the Devereux Student Strengths Assessment (DESSA) to their students, track daily attendance, and survey students and their parents annually. Through this research project, we have access to DISD data at a student level for attendance, behavior, report cards, and standardized test scores.
Our objective is to continually improve our services and identify the promising out of school time practices that have a direct impact on children, and replicate those across all sites supported by Dallas Afterschool. This research is the first of its kind in Texas and will greatly support our impact on programs and students.
Participating sites will receive reports that benchmark their program's effectiveness against other programs in the community. Dallas Afterschool will share aggregate results with the community, without identifying the performance of individual sites.
Dallas Afterschool is proud to partner with the Center on Research and Evaluation (CORE) at Southern Methodist University for data analysis and interpretation of results. Click here to download study results from the 2014-2015 school year.