Calgary AfterSchool Evaluation - page 1

Guyn Cooper Research Associates
Calgary AfterSchool Evaluation
Summary Report
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1. Overview
This report provides a summary of the findings from a comprehensive
four-year evaluation of Calgary AfterSchool (CAS), an initiative of The
City of Calgary and UpStart (an initiative of the United Way of Calgary).
The Development of a city-wide network of high-quality after-school
programming for children and youth was a groundbreaking approach.
CAS provides a variety of high-quality, supervised, and fun activities for
children and youth aged 6 to 16 years between 3p.m. and 6p.m. on
school days. CAS programs are provided by The City of Calgary,
Recreation; The City of Calgary, Community & Neighbourhood Services
Area Offices; and non-profit organizations funded through The City of
Calgary Family & Community Support Services (“FCSS”). Some programs
are delivered by two service providers working in partnership. In the
four years since CAS was officially launched, 20,930 registrations were
recorded for 16,747 individual children and youth. By 2012/13, more
than 108 individual programs, often at multiple locations, were offered
over the course of the year.
The CAS evaluation was completed over four years by Guyn Cooper Research Associates Ltd., an external
research firm that reported to the CAS Steering Committee. The main purpose of the evaluation was to
determine whether CAS achieved its two overarching objectives:
(i) to increase theparticipationofCalgary’s childrenandyouth inhigh-quality after-school programming
by increasing the quantity and accessibility of high-quality recreational and developmental
programming throughout the city, and
(ii) to improve participants’ social and emotional development and school engagement.
Seven interim evaluation reports were used by the CAS governors, staff, and program staff to inform all
aspects of program development.
Overall, the findings of the evaluation confirm that CAS has:
developed and implemented a city-wide network of after-school programming for children and youth;
reduced barriers to participation for Calgary’s children and youth;
increased the participation of children and youth in supervised, constructive activities during the
after-school hours, particularly children and youth who previously lacked such opportunities; and
improved the social competence and emotional well-being of children and youth who needed help.
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