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Creating Systems with Out-of-School Providers for Data Sharing

REL Midwest hosted a one-hour public television event designed to help increase the knowledge base in Indiana and other REL Midwest states on the creation of coordinated data systems between in-school and out-of-school time (OST) education providers.

This event featured Priscilla Little, initiative manager at The Wallace Foundation, who discussed emerging trends in out-of-school time data management systems. Specifically, she discussed Hours of Opportunity, Volume II, The Wallace Foundation’s recent work on the development and coordination of data systems in cities across the country. The event also featured a panel discussion highlighting strategies used by practitioners to develop statewide policies and standards to increase the capacity of school districts and communities to implement such data systems.  



Priscilla Little, initiative manager, The Wallace Foundation, discussed emerging research on out-of-school data management systems. She presented her colleagues’ work on the recent Hours of Opportunity, Volume II research study completed by the Wallace Foundation. 

Debbie Zipes, president, Indiana Afterschool Network, a state-level expert working to implement and improve data management systems in Indiana, provided insight into state-wide efforts to improve data systems.

John Brandon, president, Marion County Commission on Youth, a local expert on building capacity between out-of-school time (OST) providers and schools, shared his experiences convening OST data quality stakeholders in the Marion County area. 

Carol K. McElvain, J.D., a managing technical assistance consultant in the Education program at American Institutes for Research, served as the moderator for the event. She directs AIR’s expanded learning work, focusing on providing research-based, high-quality training; technical assistance; and professional development as well as disseminating research results and policy reports.


Related Resources

Beckett, M., Borman, G., Capizzano, J., Parsley, D., Ross, S., Schrim, A., & Taylor, J. (2009). Structuring out-of-school time to improve academic achievement (IES Practice Guide, NCEE 2009-012). Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences, National Center for Education Evaluation and Regional Assistance. Retrieved from

McCombs, J. S., Orr, N., Bodilly, S. J., Naftel, S., Constant, L., Scherer, E., & Gershwin, D. (2010). Hours of opportunity, volume 2: The power of data to improve after-school programs citywide. Santa Monica, CA: RAND. Retrieved from 

Yohalem, N., Devaney, E., Smith, C., & Wilson-Ahlstrom, A. (2012). Building citywide systems for quality: Guide and case studies for afterschool leaders. Washington, DC: Forum for Youth Investment & The Wallace Foundation. Retrieved from