Members had a busy fall at PYSC, starting with our Quarterly Meeting in September discussing data in sports-based youth development organizations. We were joined by Gulal Nakati of Philadelphia’s Citywide Out-of-School Time Initiative and by Gareth Jones of Temple University’s School of Sport, Tourism, and Hospitality Management.
Gulal shared progress on introducing CitySpan, a data management system allows providers to track participants, sites, attendance, and report on programs whcih the city of Philadelphia is providing to all OST providers at no cost. CitySpan has been piloted with DHS-funded OST providers, and you can see more about the information already complied here: http://ost.phila.gov/strategies/research-analysis/ost-landscape-data/. If your organization is looking for a data management system please let PYSC know so you can be included in further demonstrations and lessons on CitySpan’s use.
Gareth spoke about approaching outcome measurement based on your organization’s logic model. Demonstrating the impact of your programs is a challenge personalized to each organization, because what you do as an organization should inform what you measure. Members shared their challenges in data management and discussed possible solutions. If you have questions about your organization’s data collection and survey methods please contact us at PYSC, and we can share your questions with Gareth.
In November PYSC hosted a workshop on board service through the On-Site Group Education Program at the Nonprofit Center at La Salle University. The Nonprofit Center presented one of their signature workshops: Effective Nonprofit Governance: How Boards Should Work, led by Laura Otten, Ph.D., Director of the Nonprofit Center. Laura shared how organizations can address challenges with their board and answer questions specific to the sports-based youth development sector, including identifying new board members who can support your mission, and improving communication between board and program staff. Board members, staff, and volunteers from PYSC member organizations attended the workshop, and left with reference materials and action steps to move towards best practices in governance.
More opportunities to connect and grow with PYSC are coming up! Visit our calendar to see the next workshops and meetings.