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Key Performance Indicators

The Opportunity Project's theory of change is built on a comprehensive set of intervention strategies that comprise the support we provide to grantees to help them strengthen their organizational capacity and become highly-effective organizations that drive positive, long-term outcomes for young people.

We anticipate needing at least five years of relentless effort and improvement before partner organizations are able to drive intended youth outcomes effectively, reliably, and sustainably.  Over time, partners’ efforts to strengthen their organizational capacity yield improvements in the initiative's Key Performance Indicators (KPIs), monitored on an annual basis to track progress toward our north star of improving positive, long-term outcomes for young people. 

Key Performance Indicators

  • Level of evidence for core program design, levels 0 – 4 *
  • Level of confidence for core program effectiveness, levels 0 – 3 **
  • Number of CTOP target population youth enrolled in core programming in active slots
  • Number of CTOP target population youth receiving services but not in active slots
  • Number of CTOP target population youth enrolled in core programming who leave unsuccessfully
  • Number of CTOP target population youth enrolled in core programming who graduate
  • Number of CTOP target population youth who graduate from core programming and for the following six months are actively enrolled in education leading to high school accreditation, post-secondary education/certification, or maintain unsubsidized employment ***

* 0 = program design by partner’s staff based solely on their ideas and experience; 1 = program design based on incorporation of widely shared practitioners’ “best practices”; 2 = program design based on applying fundamental research concepts (e.g., “attachment theory”); 3 = program design based on combining and incorporating elements that repeatedly are found in programs whose effectiveness has been proven by impact evaluation(s); 4 = program design based on implementing program in full that has been proven effective through impact evaluation(s).

** 0 = Asserted Effectiveness as supported by anecdotal data; 1 = Apparent Effectiveness as supported by internally collected outcome data; 2 = Demonstrated Effectiveness as supported by well benchmarked outcome data; 3 = Proven Effectiveness as supported by one or more rigorous impact evaluations.

*** In the case of an organization intentionally working to help its program participants transfer to another youth development organization, for those participants who are able to make the transition this will count as a success; however, for those who do not transition the long-term outcome as written applies.