Book Review–Measure, Use, Improve! Data Use in Out-of-School Time

M. Maureen Toomey


Measure, Use, Improve! Data Use in Out-of-School Time offers out-of-school time (OST) professionals practical lessons and approaches to measurement and data use. Editors Christina A. Russell and Corey Newhouse assembled notable contributors who offer conversant perspectives on evaluation systems within diverse OST organizations. Its 4 thematic sections address issues and provide action-oriented solutions from OST programs, evaluation intermediaries, and funders. Key discussions across chapters include (a) moving forward using data to inform continuous quality improvement, (b) supporting youth development professionals, (c) ensuring equity and inclusion in the evaluation process, and (d) recognizing what it takes to move forward. 


out-of-school time; evaluation; continuous quality improvement; youth voice; staff development

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Angbah, J. (2018). Bringing youth development full circle: Exploring the factors that limit educational and work-based learning opportunities for youth development professionals.

Russell, C. A., & Newhouse, C. (Eds.). (2021). Measure, use, improve! Data use in out-of-school time. Information Age Publishing.

Yoo, P., Whitaker, A., & McCombs, J. S. (2019). Putting data to work for young people: A ten-step guide for expanded learning intermediaries. RAND Corporation.


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