Staff representing several area youth programs participated on Friday in an all day workshop called “Making Meaning from Multiple Data Sets”.

INY M3(1)The participants came to the workshop with data in four areas:  Program quality, program participation, youth experience and youth outcomes.

Through a process led by Jan Derdowski, University of Minnesota Extension Educator, the teams analyzed their data and discovered ways to make their programs stronger.  Participating organizations included:  Youth for Christ, Bridges Kinship Mentoring, Boy Scouts, Itasca Orchestra and Strings Program, MacRostie Art Center, Deer River Boys & Girls Club, AEOA, Community Education and 4H.  INY M3(2)

Teams will be implementing improvement plans in the coming months with the hope of stronger programs for our kids.