MAI, in partnership with Research for Action (RFA), commissioned by the Wallace Foundation, summarized the evidence on the effectiveness of out of school time programs within the context of the Every Student Succeeds Act. "Afterschool Programs: A Review of Evidence Under the Every Student Succeeds Act," reviews research from 2000 to 2017 and finds 128 afterschool programs with research that meets the requirements of ESSA’s top three tiers. Download the final report here!

Education & STEAM

Funder: Bootstrap and National Science Foundation (NSF)
Project Time Period: 2014-Present

Project Category: Education & STEAM/Formative Evaluation/Summative Evaluation

About Bootstrap: Bootstrap is a STEM program that teaches algebraic and geometric concepts through computer programming, integrating math and computing to enable access to and success in both subjects for all students in grades six through twelve across the country.  

The Work: MAI’s multi-year evaluation of Bootstrap has resulted in several rounds of results. For the most recent evaluation, MAI worked closely with Bootstrap leaders to design a suite of reports that were customized to various stakeholder groups, such as its internal staff, its partner sites across the country, and its funders, including the National Science Foundation. The MAI team is currently documenting outcomes among students and teachers, and exploring why variations in implementation occur and how they are related to student outcomes.

What We’re Learning: Download our, “‘I Program My Own Videogames’: A Snapshot of Bootstrap’s Student and Teacher Outcomes” report to learn about Bootstrap outcomes.

Our newest Bootstrap report is scheduled to be released in 2019.