RAND Corporation Outcome Study

Evaluating the Spirituality for Kids After-School Program

Abstract

Aiming to improve on existing research on after-school programs, RAND researchers evaluated the effect of the SFK program on a wide variety of behavioral outcomes. They found that Spirituality For Kids had positive effects on nearly every domain tested, and many of these effects persisted at 12-week follow-up. Notably, the effect sizes exceeded the average effect sizes found for other programs with like goals. This suggests that Spirituality For Kids is a successful program model. This study also provides the first causal link between spiritual development and resilience.

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