Quality Tool & Research

The goal of the Utah Afterschool Program Quality Assessment and Improvement Tool and Improvement Plan is to assist afterschool programs at any stage of development, appraise their progress in four quality areas, and to promote relevant training and other strategies for ongoing program improvement. Programs will complete the Action Plan while completing the Quality Tool to assess goals set at the beginning of the current school year. The Quality Tool has been developed by a statewide committee comprised of diverse afterschool providers and is supported by the Utah Afterschool Network, the Department of Workforce Services Office of Child Care, and the Utah State Board of Education.

The Quality Tool outlines standards in four areas and is applicable to all types of afterschool and community school programs serving youth of all ages. It may be used in conjunction with other formal and informal evaluation methods to help programs identify strengths and needs, and inform continuous improvement efforts and plans.


STEP 1: Download and Print Pre-Quality Review Materials

Quality Assessment Tool and Improvement Plan Guide Learn about how to select your quality review team, how to complete the quality self-assessment process, and how to identify action items that your program will implement over the course of the school year.

Program Review Team Worksheet Utilize this form to provide you with guidance in selecting individuals to participate in your quality self-assessment team.

Program Information Form - Due in May, the Program Information Form should be reviewed at the beginning of the year to ensure that you have methods in place to track all required demographic, program, and attendance data throughout the school year. Download, print, and fill out this pdf form before attempting to submit online. 

This information is utilized by the Utah Afterschool Network, the Department of Workforce Services Office of Childcare, the State Board of Education, and the Utah Education Policy Center to gage program growth, increases in quality, and coverage gaps throughout the state. This information is also utilized in State of the State reports and legislative and other government education and advocacy to support afterschool throughout the state.

Improvement Plan Worksheet - Use this form as you review each Quality Tool area to document identified goals and objectives.

The Quality Self Assessment (The Quality Tool) - All four areas of the Quality Tool are available as fillable and printable PDFs, which you can distribute to your review team and complete over the course of the next few months. (**The fillable form must be downloaded and saved before using, otherwise changes made to the document will not be saved**)

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STEP 2: Quality Review Process

  1. Select your Quality Review Committee.
  2. Distribute Quality Tool PDFs to review team.
  3. Review team completes individual reviews and identifies action items in assigned Quality Area.
  4. Review all areas as a team and determine overall Improvement Plan goals.

STEP 3:  Submit Quality Self Assessment by November 16, 2018.

Complete Your Quality Self Assessment Submission.


STEP 4: Submit Program Information Form 

  • The Program Information Form will be open for submission March 18 - May 10, 2019

Quality Tool Area Resources

  • For resources, Go to OST Topics for great curriculum and resources.


If you have any questions or are in need of assistance utilizing the Quality Tool or any of the resources, please contact UAN at 801-359-2722 or contact an OST Specialist.