On this page, you will find relevant research and reports from some of our partners in the out of school time field, including the Wallace Foundation, Rhode Island KIDS COUNT, and the Afterschool Alliance.


Wallace Foundation

Connecting the Dots: Data Use in Afterschool Systems: People and processes are as important as technology, according to early findings from a study of the use of data in afterschool systems. (April 2016)

Collective Impact and the New Generation of Cross-Sector Collaborations for Education: A Nationwide Scan (March 2016)

How Cities are Sustaining Their Afterschool Systems (October 2015)

Growing Together, Learning Together (July 2015)

Foundations for Young Adult Success: A Developmental Framework (June 2015)

An Analysis of the Effects of an Academic Summer Program for Middle School Students (March 2015)

Ready for Fall? Near-term Effects of Voluntary Summer Learning Programs on Low-income Students’ Learning Opportunities and Outcomes (December 2014)

Scaling Up Staying True: A Wallace Conference Report on Spreading Innovations in Expanded Learning (April 2014)

Something to Say: Success Principles for Afterschool Arts Programs From Urban Youth and Other Experts (November 2013), featuring RI’s RiverzEdge Arts Project!

Read a summary of the report here: Something To Say Report Brief

Hours of Opportunity: Lessons from Five Cities on Building Systems to Improve After-School, Summer School, and Other Out-of-School-Time Programs (2010)

Rhode Island KIDS COUNT

2015 RI KIDS COUNT Factbook

Improving High School Graduation Rates in Rhode Island (November 2013)

Afterschool Alliance

Taking a Deeper Dive Into Afterschool: Positive Outcomes and Promising Practices (February 2014)

Partnerships with STEM Rich Institutions (November 2013)

Summer Learning Programs Nourish Kids’ Bodies and Minds (2013)

Afterschool in Action: Innovative Afterschool Programs Supporting Middle School Youth (2013)

Evaluations Backgrounder: A Summary of Formal Evaluations of Afterschool Programs’ Impact on Academics, Behavior, Safety and Family Life (January 2013)

Expanded Learning & Afterschool Project

The Achievement Gap is Real (2013)


Afterschool Alliance
The nation’s leading voice for afterschool, the Afterschool Alliance is the dedicated to raising awareness of the importance of afterschool programs and advocating for more afterschool investments.

The Wallace Foundation
Seeks to support and share effective ideas and practices that will strengthen education leadership, arts participation, and out-of-school learning.

Harvard Family Research Project (HFRP)
Publishes an evaluation periodical (The Evaluation Exchange) that addresses current issues facing program evaluators of all levels, with articles written by the most prominent evaluators in the field. HFRP also provides a compilation of evaluation profiles of out-of-school-time programs and initiatives.

National AfterSchool Association
A leading voice of the afterschool profession dedicated to the development, education, and care of children and youth during their out-of-school hours. Also wrote a code of ethics that is very useful to the field.

Publishes an annual Factbook that reports on 60+ indicators of child and youth well-being across five areas as well as periodic policy briefs on various education and health topics.

Nellie Mae Education Foundation
Dedicated solely to preparing New England’s learners for success. The Foundation’s strategic focus is promoting student-centered learning at the middle and high school levels across the region.

Forum for Youth Investment
A trusted resource for policy makers, advocates, researchers, and program professionals. Provides youth and adult leaders with the information, connections, and tools they need to create greater opportunities and outcomes for young people.

Child Trends
Provides excellent research and briefs for the out-of-school time field, including staff development, school and community involvement, and outcome measurements.

The Finance Project
Offers wide-ranging research related to their core mission to help leaders finance and sustain initiatives to build better futures for children, families, and communities.