Building Collective Capacity for Program Quality Improvement: Boston Beyond’s Certified Observer Network

Emily Dodge


This article describes Boston Beyond’s effort to develop a network of out-of-school time program partner staff trained in implementing a program quality observation tool. Participant survey (n = 63) and interview (n = 4) feedback demonstrate that the network is meeting its goals of advancing participants’ professional development, positively impacting organizations, and creating a system-level model of peer-to-peer program quality improvement. Areas of improvement are identified for each goal. Questions of sustainability, planned network improvements, and considerations for others seeking to establish similar networks are discussed.


observation; program quality; program improvement

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