The Citywide OST data management system primarily tracks demographics, enrollment, attendance and other related information for each network’s youth participants. Program level data is shared with each specific network and is shared publicly in the aggregate.
At the system-wide level, we have utilized data on youth poverty, early childhood risk factors and School District of Philadelphia data including school dropout rates and school progress scores, and overlaid our OST data in the form of maps and other easy to understand visual formats. This has been valuable for all levels of stakeholders especially in terms of better potential program planning and subsequent coordination within OST networks to address gaps.
Research for Action has been engaged to conduct three pieces of research to help the Initiative establish a baseline understanding of the current OST landscape in Philadelphia.