The first phase is designed to help you assess your implementation of some of the foundational principles of APS 10.13. You will then receive feedback and resources to assist you with strengthening any areas in which you feel you can improve upon.
What’s involved in Phase 1 of the YPAI?
The first phase of the YPAI is a self assessment of your program’s implementation of the first three components of APS 10.13:
- Registration in the Youth Program Registration System (YPRS)
- Requirements for Authorized Personnel (training, background checks, and conduct)
- Reporting suspected child abuse and neglect and behaviors of concern
The self assessment includes two types of questions:
- A series of Likert scale (1-6) prompts will ask you to evaluate your program on your implementation of APS 10.13 policy components.
- Open-ended text boxes will ask you to indicate one strength and one area for growth for each policy component.
You will also be given a chance to identify any resources or supports that would help you better achieve this policy component.
This process should take approximately 30 minutes to complete.
The goal of the Likert scale is to honestly self reflect on your program to understand areas of strength and areas of improvement. There is no right answer: responses that accurately reflect your current practices will allow OYPC to better engage in deeper and more constructive dialog with you.
The Phase 1 Self Assessment must be submitted no later than September 30 (standard deadline), or by no later than your individually chosen deadline that you have chosen and has been approved by OYPC. You may submit your self assessment anytime after October 1 leading up to the deadline.
You may choose who among your team participates in the YPAI, although it is expected that program leadership will be actively involved throughout the process. At minimum, program leadership must review responses before they are submitted. You may also want to involve authorized personnel or others who have a role in youth protection.
We anticipate it will take no more than 30 minutes to complete the Phase 1 Self Assessment.
When you are ready, log into YPRS to access your Phase 1 Self Assessment in YPRS. You may complete the assessment all at once, or complete part of it, save it, and return to it at a later date.
You can also see a preview of the self assessment here. Feel free to use this document as a planning tool or in discussions with your team.
General feedback on the Likert-scale portion of Phase 1 will be immediately available to you in the YPRS and via email. This feedback will be based on the score you awarded yourself for each metric.
Within one month of your submission, OYPC will provide you with individualized feedback (again via email and in the YPRS). This feedback will reflect your Likert scale answers in conjunction with your open-ended responses.
Both types of feedback are designed to offer suggestions to strengthen your programming in these policy areas. Our hope is that you will use this feedback to strengthen your program practices going forward.
After Phase 1 ends on September 30, you will automatically advance to Phase 2. Learn more about Phase 2 here.