Nashville After Zone Alliance (NAZA) Fellowship in Youth Program Assessment
The Fellowship: The Nashville After Zone Alliance (NAZA) seeks NAZA Fellows in Youth Program Quality Assessment (YPQA) to conduct external assessments for Nashville’s nationally recognized, citywide afterschool system. Fellows are trained on and utilize industry-standard assessment tools to assess the quality of programs across defined domains in different locations across the city. The Fellows are integral partners in NAZA’s efforts to support programs in offering youth transformative learning experiences.
This opportunity could be utilized as a master’s degree practicum experience.
- Acquire certification as a Youth Program Quality Assessment External Assessor through the Weikart Center by attending the following pre-service trainings:
- Visit 5 assigned sites once per semester (between September 16th and October 3rd in the fall semester and between February 18th and March 5th in the spring semester for up to 2 hours on the day assessed and complete an external assessment (both pre- and post);
- Score, record, and post pre-assessments in data system by October 11, 2019 and post-assessments by March 13, 2020;
- Provide further clarification for scores or incorporate any recommended changes in scores within three business days;
- Lead a YPQA Score Review Meeting with staff from each paired site by October 30th to review scores and share observations;
- Attend a 2nd semester kick-off (date to be determined) peer learning session;
- Communicate post-scores to paired sites, highlighting areas of growth;
- meeting with partners regarding post-scores (optional); and
- Attend a year-end debriefing session on the Fellow experience.
Expected Time Commitment for Fellows:
Up to 24 Hours in Pre-Service Training
- Youth Program Quality Assessment Basics on August 21st from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
- 2-Day External Assessor Training on August 22nd and 23rd from 8:30 am - 4:30 pm (plus one hour of homework before Day 1 and Day 2 of training).
Up to 67 Hours for Fellowship Work
- Visit 5 afterschool program sites between September 16th and October 3rd to conduct the pre-external assessment (up to 2 hours per site= up to 10 hours)
- Record the scores and enter evidence for the pre-external assessment scores of the 5 sites into the Scores Reporter by 10/11/19 (up to 3 hours per site= up to 15 hours)
- Lead YPQA Score Review Meetings with the 5 sites by October 30, 2019 to review scores and share observations (approx. 1.25 hours per site=6.25 hours)
- Attend a 2nd semester kick-off (date TBD) peer learning session (1 hour)
- Visit 5 afterschool program sites between February 18th and March 5th to conduct the post-external assessment (up to 2 hours per site= up to 10 hours)
- Record the scores and enter evidence for the post-external assessment scores of the 5 sites into the Scores Reporter by 3/13/20 (up to 3 hours per site= up to 15 hours)
- Communicate post-scores to paired sites, highlight areas of growth (3.75 hours)
- Optional time to meet with partners regarding post-scores (up to 1 hour per site=5 hours)
- Attend a year-end debriefing session on the Fellow experience (1 hour)
- A bachelor’s degree is required.
- A master’s degree (or master’s degree student) is highly preferred in child and youth studies, education, sociology, human and organizational development, or other related fields.
- Access to reliable transportation is required (mileage not covered under fellowship).
- A successful candidate will be a self-motivated individual with strong communication skills who works independently and meets deadlines with minimal supervision.
- A successful candidate will demonstrate interest in issues related to program quality assessment and/or evaluation.
- Experience in working with data sets and comfort with online data systems is highly desirable.
- Prior positive experience with NAZA external assessments in an advantage.
Hours: The Fellowship lasts for the duration of one school year. Fellows work approximately 67 hours over the course of the year, plus a maximum of 24 hours of pre-service training as described above in “Responsibilities.” Hours are flexible but must include the 3:30-6:00 p.m. time slots for assessments and observations.
Stipend and Benefits: Fellows earn $15/hour, up to approximately 67 hours plus paid training hours, as part-time consultants with the Nashville Public Library Foundation. Additional benefits associated with this fellowship include:
- Certification as a Youth Program Quality Assessment External Assessor by the David P. Weikart Center of the Forum for Youth Investment ( www.cypq.org).
- Networking with youth workers, managers of youth-serving agencies, and other Fellows.
- Knowledge of best-practice youth program quality indicators.