Public/Private Ventures (P/PV)

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Innovation. Research. Action.

After almost 35 years Public/Private Ventures (P/PV) has ceased operations. The organization leaves behind an incredible legacy of knowledge, including hundreds of research reports, case studies and evaluations about how best to improve programs and outcomes for children, youth and families. We are fortunate that P/PV has decided to archive its publications collection with the Foundation Center's IssueLab so that practitioners can benefit from this knowledge for years to come.

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After-School Pursuits: The Executive Summary

March 30, 2004

This document summarizes the major findings from P/PV's Examination of Outcomes in the San Francisco Beacon Initiative.

After-School Pursuits: An Examination of Outcomes in the San Francisco Beacon Initiative

March 1, 2004

The San Francisco Beacon Initiative (SFBI) has been in effect in the San Francisco Unified School District since 1996. A collaboration of public and private funders, SFBI operates comprehensive after-school programs in six middle schools, one elementary school and one high school. P/PVs evaluation found that SFBI programs consisted of high quality after-school activities, provided young people with important developmental experiences (such as adult support) and prevented declines in school effort (typical among middle school youth). Although the initiative did not explicitly set out to improve young peoples academic outcomes, these were also examined. Despite the high quality of the centers developmental programs, participants showed no academic gains, and the authors conclude that positive developmental experiences are not sufficient for ensuring academic success among youth who are already struggling in school.

Working Together to Build Beacon Centers in San Francisco: Evaluation Findings from 1998-2000

October 30, 2001

Since 1996, private and public funders in San Francisco have supported a city-wide Beacons Initiative. Eight Beacon Centers, located in public schools, serve 7500 youth and adults each year, providing a rich array of developmental activities in the non-school hours. This report looks at how the centers were created; it describes the centers' operation; and investigates the role of the initiative's "theory of change" in organizing and guiding the effort.

Urban Corps Assessment Package (URCAP) Manual

September 19, 1995

The purpose of this research was to identify and develop measures of youth developmental outcomes, as well as key elements of the urban corps, including the corps' organizational climate, practices and staff member characteristics.

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