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Advancing Collaborative Research in Out-of-School Settings

Project Overview

ACROSS is a research-practice partnership (RPP) between researchers at the Institute of Human Development and Social Change and a cross-unit team at Good Shepherd Services. Goals are to produce shared knowledge, strengthen best practices, and build evaluation capacity in diverse out-of-school settings.

Research and Practice Briefs

Research Brief, Volume 1 - March 2018
Afterschool Classroom Quality Matters: Driving Academic Outcomes in Out-of-School Contexts

This research brief summarizes the findings from an empirical study involving five afterschool programs in New York City. Participants were predominately Latino and African American, and in 3rd to 8th grade. Multimethod data were collected to understand relations among classroom quality, social-behavioral risk, and academic outcomes.

Practice Brief, Volume 1 - February 2019
Lessons from the Field: Three Evidence-Informed Strategies to Improve Afterschool Quality

This practice brief is the companion piece to the first research brief. Informed by youth development leaders and the research literature, this practice brief documents three afterschool classroom practices that, when maintained over time, relate to positive outcomes for youth.