State faculty and associate director, Youth Work Institute
Current work, research and interests
As operations director at the Youth Work Institute, Deborah leads key organizational aspects of the unit and gives program leadership to the teaching, research and product development related to youth program quality. She is a driving force for youth program quality assessment and improvement efforts statewide and works with more than 100 youth programs and organizations annually in this effort. Her work stems from Quality Matters, a quality-improvement project she developed, which blends classroom learning with on-site technical assistance and consultation. The work includes a close partnership with High/Scope’s Youth Program Quality Assessment work and is a part of the national research project studying quality improvement in 60 Minnesota sites with Dr. Charles Smith.
Deborah brings 22 years of professional experience in youth development in roles including executive director, board member, trainer-consultant, volunteer and direct service. She has expertise in youth program quality and organizational development, community networks and collaborations and youth program measurement and evaluation. In every role, Deborah has dedicated herself to spending time at youth programs to understand them from the inside out. This perspective continues to be the greatest source of inspiration and learning in her professional journey. If you ask, she will say that no matter what her job roles describes, she is a youth worker.
Academic degrees and experience
- B.A. in psychology, Bethel University, St. Paul, Minnesota.
Grant, S., Harrington, R. Piehl, B., Moore, D., Shafer, B. (2011). Minnesota 4-H Quality Improvement Study. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Extension.
Moore, D. Grant, S., McLaughlin, C. Walker, K. Shafer, B. (2010). Preliminary findings from the Minnesota 4-H Quality Improvement Study: Using Youth and Adult Volunteer Assessors to Take Quality Improvement to Scale. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Extension.
Walker, J. Gran, C. Moore, D. (2009). Once We Know It, We Can Grow It: A Framework for Quality Nonformal Learning Opportunities and Youth Work Practice. Summary version. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Extension.
Lochner, A., Moore, D. (2008). Quality Matters in Afterschool Programs. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Extension.
University of Minnesota Twin Cities campus