Build a Quality Improvement System – Step by Step!

GUIDEHow can afterschool providers know whether they're offering the youth in their program enriching experiences that will help them learn and grow?

Increasingly, communities, cities, regions and multi-site agencies are turning to quality improvement systems (QIS), intentional efforts to raise the quality of afterschool programming in an ongoing, organized fashion.

This interactive graphic describes 18 steps to building a QIS for afterschool. For each step, you’ll find a brief description of the process and why it’s important, followed by a story from a local community that has successfully accomplished that step. It's based on Building Citywide Systems for Quality: A Guide & Case Studies, produced by the Forum for Youth Investment and the Wallace Foundation.

  Assess Readiness
Form a Workgroup
Make the Case
Engage Stakeholders
Identify a Lead Organization
Define Quality
Clarify Purpose
Consider Information Needs
Determine Costs, Potential Resources

Design the Continuous Improvement
Develop System Supports
Recruit Pilot Sites
Pilot the Model


Refine the Model
Build Capacity Within the Lead Organization
Engage New Programs and Sectors
Embed & Sustain


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