We believe in utilizing data to ensure we are delivering the program quality and life-long impact for which we are known. We utilize several methods to measure our programs’ impact: statistically-validated camper evaluation surveys, qualitative Value Catchers, and parent surveys.
The results of these evaluations are reviewed by the Executive Director and Senior Program Team and play an instrumental role in effecting the logic model and program implementation strategies for the coming year. We believe that it is through on-going program evaluation and improvement that we ensure that our children and teens step into the world more prepared for its challenges.
Trail Blazers works with Algorhythm, who specializes in capturing data to evaluate and improve social impact. Their program evaluation instrument is based on statistically validated constructs of Social Emotional Learning (SEL) and Positive Youth Development (PYD), and considers the implementation of program strategies proven to help develop competencies that contribute to long term success. Trail Blazers’ program elements proven to foster positive youth outcomes:
Algorhythm’s camper surveys measure the development of six competencies: Self-Management, Positive Identity, Academic Self-Efficacy, Social Skills, Social Capital, and Contribution – which have been proven to help youth grow in the short-term and be successful in the long-term. The surveys demonstrated that, as a result of their two-week participation in Trail Blazers’ summer program, 87% of our campers step into the world more prepared for its challenges.