An Outcome Evaluation of the Spirituality for Kids Program

An Outcome Evaluation of the Spirituality for Kids Program

An Outcome Evaluation of the Spirituality for Kids Program

An Outcome Evaluation of the Spirituality for Kids Program

Synopsis

This report presents results from a multisite, quantitative evaluation of the international Spirituality for Kids (SFK) after-school program. A nonreligious program, SFK seeks to build resilience in children. Interestingly, the authors found that the program positively affected not just social and internal outcomes but also school-related outcomes, even though SFK is not an academic intervention.

Excerpt

The Spirituality for Kids (SFK) Foundation asked the RAND Corporation to conduct the first-ever quantitative-outcome evaluation of its after-school program. Private donations raised by the SFK Foundation for this specific purpose sponsored the evaluation. Toward this end, RAND developed an experimental research design, which included randomization of 19 new partner sites in southeast Florida to treatment and control groups and repeated assessments of teachers and children at pretest, posttest, and follow-up. Under RAND direction and oversight, SFK program staff managed data collection. RAND researchers analyzed the data and prepared this report, which describes the study design and implementation, reviews the related literature, and presents the results of data analysis for a large number of quantitative behavioral and attitudinal outcomes. It is hoped that this study will aid SFK in program development, continuous quality improvement, and strategic-planning efforts. In addition, this rigorous, quantitative study makes a significant contribution to the research literature on the effectiveness of after-school programs, which is currently dominated by nonrigorous studies.

RAND Labor and Population

This research was undertaken within RAND Labor and Population. RAND Labor and Population has built an international reputation for conducting objective, high-quality, empirical research to support and improve policies and organizations around the world. Its work focuses on labor markets, social-welfare policy, demographic behavior, immigration, international development, and issues related to aging and retirement with a common aim of understanding how policy and social and economic forces affect individual decisionmaking and the wellbeing of children, adults, and families.

For more information about this study, contact Nicole Maestas, economist, RAND Corporation, 1776 Main Street, P.O. Box 2138, Santa Monica, CA 90407-2138, 310-393-0411, x6705, Nicole_Maestas@rand.org. For more information about RAND Labor and Population, contact Arie Kapteyn, director, RAND Labor and Population, RAND Corporation, 1776 Main Street, P.O. Box 2138, Santa Monica, CA 90407-2138, 310-393-0411, x7973, Arie_Kapteyn@rand.org.

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