Importance of Research

Importance of Research

Research is crucial to assessing your community and program needs, developing engaging results-based curriculums, preparing the most effective outreach messages, demonstrating student success, and more.

PSAYDN strives to keep its members abreast of the latest data and trends through e-alerts and the TakeTen! e-newsletter. Some of PSAYDN’s partners also support and provide research materials. We recommend for a variety of downloadable resources supporting afterschool and the University of Pennsylvania OST Resource Center Document Library, created in collaboration with Philadelphia’s OST Professional Development Project, which features hundreds of OST-related documents sorted into multiple categories and content areas.


Additional Research Sources

These sources regularly provide information on children and youth, and issues related to OST:

Advocacy Groups

Colleges and Universities

Community Based Organizations


Government Departments of Health, Education, Crime and Delinquency, Employment, etc.

Legislative Committees

Professional and Trade Associations

Professional Literature

School Districts

U.S. Census Bureau

Search resources and publications on OST related information.