Ongoing Assessment and Improvement

Quality 21st CCLC program site-level and state-level leadership teams collect, analyze, and utilize data from multiple sources as part of their continuous improvement process. Data collected and analyzed annually includes program self-assessments  and surveys from multiple stakeholders including students, families, teachers and program staff. This information is used to study the quality and effectiveness of the program, while also highlighting strengths and accomplishments toward achieving  program goals.


Afterschool Alliance
Assessment and Evaluation
Evaluation and assessment are key to providing evidence of success. They will help you make the case to funders, the media and the public and the positive impact that our STEM program is having on participants. Here are tools to measure your program’s impact and outcomes.

Dimensions of Success (DoS) Observation Tool
PEAR Institute (Partnerships in Education and Resilience)
DoS is an overarching framework that defines key aspects of a quality STEM Learning experience. DoS forms the backbone of a suite of tools and guides designed to help out-of-school time programs improve the quality of their STEM offerings. The tool describes four levels of quality across twelve dimensions of a STEM activity.

Nebraska 21st Century Community Learning Centers Statewide Evaluation Reports
Program Evaluation
The purpose of evaluation is to study the quality and effectiveness of a project, while also highlighting strengths and accomplishments toward program goals. The ultimate benefit of evaluation is to provide information and direction to site supervisors, directors, administrators and teachers for program improvement. The Nebraska 21st CCLC Annual Report provides a comprehensive look at the program’s continuous improvement evaluation process.