Tool Kits

Boston Youth Arts Evaluation Project
This framework, developed by practitioners over a 12-month period, powerfully condenses the complex transformations taking place in arts-based youth development programs into three interlocking domains: identity (I Am), creative accomplishment (I Create), and connection with the wider community (We Connect). Be sure to check out the full two-page framework diagram and logic model, as well.

Focusing the Light: The Art and Practice of Planning
The Ohio Arts Council has compiled a variety of learning tools and other resources to assist educators, arts administrators, and other constituents in program evaluation. Focusing the Light: The Art and Practice of Planning provides strategies, tips, and techniques for successful project planning, advocacy, and evaluation for those who work in the arts and nonprofits.

Research-Based Communication Tool Kit [PDF]
A working group within the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies produced this comprehensive document. It brings together rigorous research, program models, and communications templates that confirm and clarify the importance of arts education for our nation’s youth.

YouthARTS Toolkit 

Organizations seeking to plan, run, provide training for, and evaluate arts programs for at-risk youth can find detailed instructions in this resource from YouthARTS. Americans for the Arts developed the tool kit, based on the results of a collaborative research effort in Portland, San Antonio, and Atlanta. The information draws from the many lessons learned about establishing, maintaining, and evaluating such programs.