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Quality is a Verb:Improving Practicein Youth Programs<br />Nancy Martin, Director, Capacity Building Initiatives<br />Nati...
This Session<br />NYEC and the Promising and Effective Practices Network (PEPNet)<br />PEPNet Quality Standards for Youth ...
National Youth Employment Coalition<br />A network of over 250 organizations that improves the effectiveness of organizati...
PEPNet<br />Promising and Effective Practices Network<br />A system for enhancing the quality of youth programs that link ...
Uses of PEPNet<br />PEPNet  tools and resources are used to:<br />Assess program quality<br />Learn about and implement qu...
Development of PEPNet Standards<br />Began with a working group in 1995:<br />Response to perception that nothing works<br...
PEPNet Since 1995<br />PEPNet Awardees – From 1996 to 2003, 96 programs nationwide received the PEPNet Award sponsored by ...
Quality in Youth Programming<br />How do we know if a <br />youth program is working well?<br />
PEPNet Framework<br />Management for Quality<br />Programmatic Approach<br />Youth Development Competencies<br />Focus on ...
1. Management for Quality<br />Standards for program management that provide the foundation for program direction, systems...
2. Programmatic Approach<br />Standards for program design that address how the program is shaped, how the young person ex...
3. Youth Development Competencies<br />Standards for program offerings based on what youth need to know and be able to do ...
Focus on Youth Results<br />Standards for program design that address how the program is shaped, how the young person expe...
PEPNet Quality Self Assessment<br />Conducted with a diverse group of stakeholders who rate an organization on each Indica...
PEPNet Quality Self Assessment<br />Activity and Discussion:<br />Mini-PEPNet Quality Self Assessment<br />
PEPNet Continuous Improvement Process<br />The Cycle of Continuous Improvement<br />
Quality Standards Resources<br />Publications<br />PEPNet Guide to Quality Standards for Youth Programs<br />From Data to ...
Quality Standards Resources<br />Online Tools<br />Searchable Online Index to Quality Practices<br />Quality Self Assessme...
Quality Standards Resources<br />Fee-Based Resources<br />PEPNet Accreditation<br />System-Wide Assessment<br />On-site an...
For More Information: <br />NANCY MARTIN<br />Director, Capacity Building Initiatives<br />National Youth Employment Coali...
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  1. 1. Quality is a Verb:Improving Practicein Youth Programs<br />Nancy Martin, Director, Capacity Building Initiatives<br />National Youth Employment Coalition<br />Raising the Bar 2009<br />Workforce Investment Network for Maryland<br />November 6, 2009<br />
  2. 2. This Session<br />NYEC and the Promising and Effective Practices Network (PEPNet)<br />PEPNet Quality Standards for Youth Programs<br />Resources and Tools<br />
  3. 3. National Youth Employment Coalition<br />A network of over 250 organizations that improves the effectiveness of organizations that help youth become productive citizens<br />Build Capacity of Youth Programs and Organizations<br />Set and Promote Quality Standards<br />Provide and Support Professional Development<br />Track, Craft, and Influence Policy<br />
  4. 4. PEPNet<br />Promising and Effective Practices Network<br />A system for enhancing the quality of youth programs that link young people to work and education to promote a successful transition to adulthood<br />PEPNet Provides:<br />Up-to-date information about what works from research and field-based practice<br />A practical framework and user-friendly tools<br />
  5. 5. Uses of PEPNet<br />PEPNet tools and resources are used to:<br />Assess program quality<br />Learn about and implement quality practices<br />Assess and document performance results<br />Develop strategies for continuous improvement<br />
  6. 6. Development of PEPNet Standards<br />Began with a working group in 1995:<br />Response to perception that nothing works<br />Diverse professionals – direct service providers, researchers, policymakers, funders, TA providers<br />Developed consensus on what works<br />Periodically updated based on lessons from practice and research<br />
  7. 7. PEPNet Since 1995<br />PEPNet Awardees – From 1996 to 2003, 96 programs nationwide received the PEPNet Award sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor.<br />Online Index of Quality Practicesand Profiles– NYEC highlights over 1000 Awardee practices.<br />Working with Systems – NYEC has been using PEPNet with youth-serving systems like SDWP to help assess strengths and target technical assistance.<br />PEPNet Accreditation – Based on the previous Award process and the work of major accreditation bodies, NYEC recently completed a pilot initiative to accredit quality youth workforce development programs.<br />
  8. 8. Quality in Youth Programming<br />How do we know if a <br />youth program is working well?<br />
  9. 9. PEPNet Framework<br />Management for Quality<br />Programmatic Approach<br />Youth Development Competencies<br />Focus on Youth Results<br />
  10. 10. 1. Management for Quality<br />Standards for program management that provide the foundation for program direction, systems, and operations<br />Mission Financial ManagementLeadership Information ManagementStaff Continuous Improvement<br />Performance Accountability Sustainability<br />
  11. 11. 2. Programmatic Approach<br />Standards for program design that address how the program is shaped, how the young person experiences the program, and how the pieces work together<br />Target Youth Wrap-Around Support<br />Environment and Climate Youth Engagement<br />Instructional Approach Employer Engagement<br />Collaboration Transition Support<br />Individual Planning and Guidance<br />
  12. 12. 3. Youth Development Competencies<br />Standards for program offerings based on what youth need to know and be able to do to successfully transition to work and adulthood and how to help them gain those skills<br /> Working<br /> Academic Learning<br /> Connecting<br /> Leading<br /> Thriving<br />
  13. 13. Focus on Youth Results<br />Standards for program design that address how the program is shaped, how the young person experiences the program, and how the pieces work together<br />Working Outcomes and Progress Measures<br />Academic Learning Outcomes and Progress Measures<br />Productive Engagement Outcomes<br />Program-Specific Outcomes<br />Youth Development Progress Measures<br />
  14. 14. PEPNet Quality Self Assessment<br />Conducted with a diverse group of stakeholders who rate an organization on each Indicator of each Standard<br />Tool compiles results and provides composite report<br />Determine areas for improvement<br />
  15. 15. PEPNet Quality Self Assessment<br />Activity and Discussion:<br />Mini-PEPNet Quality Self Assessment<br />
  16. 16. PEPNet Continuous Improvement Process<br />The Cycle of Continuous Improvement<br />
  17. 17. Quality Standards Resources<br />Publications<br />PEPNet Guide to Quality Standards for Youth Programs<br />From Data to Results: The PEPNet Guide to Measuring and Improving Results in Youth Programs<br />NYEC Education Development Network (NYEC EDNet)<br />
  18. 18. Quality Standards Resources<br />Online Tools<br />Searchable Online Index to Quality Practices<br />Quality Self Assessment Tool<br />Results Assessment Tool (with Benchmarks)<br />Improvement Action Planning Tool<br />www.nyec.org/pepnet<br />
  19. 19. Quality Standards Resources<br />Fee-Based Resources<br />PEPNet Accreditation<br />System-Wide Assessment<br />On-site and Telephone Trainings<br />
  20. 20. For More Information: <br />NANCY MARTIN<br />Director, Capacity Building Initiatives<br />National Youth Employment Coalition<br />1836 Jefferson Place, NW<br />Washington, DC 20036<br />Tel. 202-659-1064<br />www.nyec.org<br />
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