Child and Adolescent Social Work Journal

, Volume 28, Issue 4, pp 319–334 | Cite as

Challenges and Strategies for Conducting Program-Based Research in After-School Settings

  • Kimberly Bender
  • Daniel Brisson
  • Jeffrey M. Jenson
  • Shandra Forrest-Bank
  • Amy Lopez
  • Jamie Yoder


Findings from children and youth who participated in structured after-school interventions in four urban public housing communities are used to illustrate the complexities of conducting program-based research in after-school settings. Findings from four field investigations reveal the importance of family support, reading skills, parent involvement, and positive peers in engaging youth in services, developing academic skills and avoiding involvement in problem behavior. Challenges in conducting program-based research and lessons learned from each of the four studies are discussed in the context of social work practice and after-school programming for at-risk children and youth.


At-risk youth After-school programs Evaluation 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kimberly Bender
    • 1
  • Daniel Brisson
    • 1
  • Jeffrey M. Jenson
    • 1
  • Shandra Forrest-Bank
    • 1
  • Amy Lopez
    • 1
  • Jamie Yoder
    • 1
  1. 1.Graduate School of Social WorkUniversity of DenverDenverUSA

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