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Funded by the C.S. Mott Foundation

We evaluated the C.S. Mott Foundation’s Statewide Afterschool Networks, a multistate effort to improve the partnerships and policies needed to develop and sustain quality afterschool programs.

The Networks are a vehicle for bringing together key decision makers in states who want to improve youth outcomes using school-based and school-linked afterschool programs. The Mott Foundation's long-term goal is to build bridges between leaders of schools, communities, and families to better support student learning, youth development, and lifelong learning. Statewide Afterschool Networks are creating a sustainable structure of state, regional, and local partnerships that support policies to secure the resources that afterschool programs need, and support systems that ensure programs are high quality.

Data came from sources internal and external to the initiative, with an emphasis on information from those closest to the initiative. These data included a review of network-related documents and websites, network self-assessment, and interviews with afterschool experts. 

To drill deeper on issues of effectiveness and identify what it takes for a network to succeed, more intensive data collection focused in several states as “best case” scenarios. Data collection in these focus states included interviews with network leads and key state afterschool experts, as well as policy and media tracking.

Read more about the Statewide Afterschool Networks.

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