Bios: Committee for the Advancement of Research and Evaluation

The Committee for the Advancement of Research and Evaluation has the charge to "advise and support the research function of the Association as it serves to develop and enhance knowledge generation and dissemination within ACA." 

Chairperson, Ann Gillard, Ph.D., will be working with Dr. Deb Bialeschki, Dr. Laurie Browne, Mary Rogers, Dr. Tom Akiva, and Dr. Tracey Gaslin to design studies, write scholarly articles, advise on grants, distribute results, and otherwise advance ACA's systematic program of research and evaluation.

CARE Applicant Information

The Committee for the Advancement of Research and Evaluation (CARE) is seeking one new volunteer committee member. An applicant for a CARE member position should ideally have:

Frequently Asked Questions about the ACA Youth Outcomes Battery

Why Were These Tools Constructed?

Many camp professionals are faced with the challenge of proving that they meet their program goals. The following tools — designed with camp professionals in mind — are:

Show You Build 21st Century Learning Skills

Camp. Learning. Outcomes. College.

Can you prove that you improve the 21st Century learning skills of your campers?

ACA offers data-gathering measures that focus on 21st Century learning outcomes. Questionnaires are statistically tested, camp-specific, age-appropriate, easily administered tools, AND they can be customized to your intentional focus.

Healthy Camp Toolbox

The "Toolbox" provides a variety of resources for addressing health, safety, & mental health issues in camps.

Youth Camp Outcomes Analysis Tools

For use with ACA's Youth Camp Outcomes Battery

Please be sure to save the Excel files to your computer before adding data! Also download the instructions for reference.

The following analysis tools are in Microsoft Excel

Youth Outcomes Battery Norms

Overview of the Norming Process for the ACA Youth Outcomes Battery

*We wish to acknowledge the contributions and leadership provided by the ACA Committee for the Advancement of Research and Evaluation, the ACA Not-for-Profit Council, and Dr. Jim Sibthorp, Dr. Laurie Browne, Dr. Cass Morgan, and Troy Bennett from the University of Utah. We also wish to thank the 54 camps involved in the pilot data collection for their cooperation. This project would not have been possible without the generous financial support of the ACA Not-for-profit Council.

ACA Youth Outcomes Battery: Staff and Parent Perceptions

Adult Perceptions of Outcomes' Growth

Two new versions of the ACA YOB were created to allow adults to make reliable and valid judgments about children’s outcome achievements:

Marge Scanlin Outstanding Research Award

Marge Scanlin was a driving force behind many of the research efforts of ACA. Upon her retirement, this award was established as an ongoing tribute to recognize Marge’s contributions.

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