— By Sam Piha and Rozel Cruz
In the summer of 2015, the LIAS project staff conducted a LIAS effectiveness study to gauge our impact on the field and how best to further the project goals. The objective of this LIAS effectiveness study were to:
- Learn how effective the LIAS campaign was in reaching and impacting expanded learning stakeholders and program leaders;
- Learn how effective the individual LIAS strategies were;
- Improve the LIAS campaign going forward; and
- Share with the larger field any learnings that may be helpful to future efforts to improve expanded learning program quality.
We developed a survey which we distributed to the Regional Leads and others requesting participation. We also conducted follow-up interviews with 20 afterschool leaders across the state.
The 91 survey respondents represent a broad variety of roles in the field. Mot of the respondents oversee expanded learning programs, provide technical assistance to expanding learning, or supervise an expanded learning program.