APT: Assessment of Program Practices Tool
APT is one of three research-based measurement tools that make up the APAS System, a field-tested, user-friendly suite of evaluation tools built with OST in mind.
Use APT to measure the quality of your program, identify the areas where you are succeeding, and pinpoint areas to improve. APT will give you a clear picture of your program by collecting data on practices that are linked to key youth outcomes:
- Learning and Skill Building
- Program Organization and Structure
- Supportive Social Environment
How it works:
APT relies on two data-collection methods -- the observation tool and the program questionnaire. The observation tool focuses on observable program practices while the program questionnaire, which is completed by you and your staff, examines “behind the scenes” aspects of program quality, like planning and school/parent connections. These two methods combined allow APT to look at the overall afterschool program, including homework time and activities.
APT is designed to be used either on its own or with either the SAYO-S&T or SAYO-Y tool, all three of which make up the APAS System. For an overview of how APT fits into the APAS System, watch our Intro to APAS video.
The entire APAS System, including APT is free to use at your program site after you complete the required pre-requisite training program for each tool. For a small fee, we will train you and your staff, either in-person or online, to record detailed data using the APAS System and to use that data to create an action plan. Together, we will help you build an OST program that works.
If you are interested in APT for your program site, you can receive training for the entire APAS System, or training only for APT. Training options for APT include:
- One-day onsite training
- Online training subscription - includes unlimited access to online training portal for 1 year
- Onsite training as part of the 2-day APAS training
Whichever option you choose, APT training will show you:
- How APT is used for continual program improvement and how it fits into the APAS System
- How to use APT and its results to improve your program
- How to tailor APT to fit your program needs
- How to use the APT observational tool
Who is it for?
- APT on its own or within the APAS System has been used by evaluators, afterschool directors, supervisors, curriculum and education coordinators, and 21st Century Community Learning Center personnel
The APAS System tools (APT, SAYO-S&T, SAYO-Y) are free to use at a program site after completion of required training. A program site is defined as a physical address where programming for youth occurs.
Join OST professionals around the country who are using the APAS System.