Research & Data

Making a compelling case for investment in your program requires some data and research to support you.  Here are some reports and links to materials you might use:

Indiana’s 21st Century Community Learning Centers 2019-2020 Statewide Evaluation Report
This report contains data on the impact of Indiana’s 21st Century Community Learning Centers programs. The Indiana Department of Education – in collaboration with Diehl Consulting Group – recently released a thorough evaluation of the program’s findings from 2019-2020, including information on the program’s background, its relationship to students’ academic performance, attendance, graduation rates, and more.

Afterschool Alliance
An alliance of public, private, and nonprofit groups committed to raising awareness and expanding resources for afterschool programs. Visit the Research page to search by topic for all of the latest research, including archived research materials that the Alliance has produced over the past 15 years.

Indiana After 3 PM
This report provides the most comprehensive and accurate picture to date of what Indiana’s youth are doing each day after school.

Indiana Out-of-School Time Salary Report
This out-of-school time salary report takes a look at the landscape of out-of-school compensation in Indiana. Data analyzed as part of this report was gathered from 918 out-of-school time employees serving in various capacities in afterschool and summer programs, statewide.

Indiana School and CBO Partnerships Case Studies
Stories of successful, sustainable school-community partnerships for out-of-school time in four Indiana communities, including best practices and impact on student attendance, behavior, and learning.

The RAND Corporation
RAND research has shown that the availability of quality after-school activities can reduce participation in and victimization as a result of illicit activities, and can boost academic performance. See this page for a collection of their research.

Afterschool Programs Close Achievement Gaps
Research from Dr. Deborah Lowe Vandell and her colleagues at the University of California-Irvine School of Education demonstrates that consistent participation in afterschool activities during the elementary school years is linked to narrowing the gap in math achievement by grade 5.

STEM Research
The fastest growing jobs in the U.S. require STEM skills. Visit our STEM page to view resources that can help get kids excited about STEM, as well as research on STEM and afterschool.

Annie E. Casey Kids Count Data Center
Kids Count is a project of the Annie E. Casey Foundation and a premiere source of data on children and families. Each year, the Foundation produces a comprehensive report – the Kids Count Data Book – that assesses child well-being in the United States. The indicators featured in the Data Book are available to search in the Data Center.

2021 Indiana KIDS COUNT Data Book
The Indiana Youth Institute’s Data Book, published annually, provides the best and most recent information on child well- being, so that leaders, policymakers, youth workers, and advocates have a go-to source for critical data to create positive change for youth.

National Data Profile of Federal Supports for Afterschool and Summer Child Care
There are two major sources of consistent federal funding and supports for afterschool and summer child care: the Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) and the 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) program. This data profile focuses primarily on the Child Care and Development Fund.