Elementary, Secondary, and Post-Secondary Education
Our evaluations of elementary, secondary, and post-secondary education projects have been varied in both their focus (e.g., subject area, life skills, special education, personnel preparation or development) and clientele (e.g., school districts, universities, state agencies, federal agencies).
- Rowan-Salisbury School System: Evaluation of the district’s Mathematics and Science Partnership Program focused on improving teacher content knowledge and pedagogy in K-8 physical science. We assessed the quality of the professional development via observations, interviews with program and teacher participants, and surveys of teacher participants. Teacher and student outcomes were evaluated through pre- and post-content knowledge tests, pre- and post-surveys, pre- and post-lesson plans, monthly teacher lesson logs, classroom observations, student participation in physical science programs, and student achievement data in science (see a copy of the final report here.)
- Catawba College: Evaluation of the College’s Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship program funded by the National Science Foundation to provide scholarships and programmatic support to recruit and prepare STEM majors and professionals to become K-12 teachers. We collected and analyzed data from web-based surveys, telephone interviews, and scoring rubrics to assess the extent to which scholars were recruited, prepared, and placed as teachers in a STEM field.
- CWK Network Inc: Quasi-experimental research study in Kansas and Missouri of the Connect With Kids Program, a multi-media life skills and character education program for students in grades 3-12. We examined the pre-post differences in attitudes, behavior, and achievement between students in classes implementing and not implementing the program. Based on the study results, the program was accepted into the What Works Clearinghouse as having potentially positive results on student behavior.
- Center to Improve Program and Project Performance (CIPP): Through subcontracts with Westat, we have provided technical assistance in evaluation to grantees of the U. S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs for over 10 years. This work has included partnering with grantees to develop their evaluation plans, providing guidance on performance measurement, and developing evaluation resources such as:
Effectively Communicating Evaluation Findings: Designed to help grantees effectively communicate information about project progress and results to a variety of audiences.
Evaluating Special Education Programs Resource Toolkit: Provides an array of evaluation resources for OSEP grantees walking the reader through the process of planning and conducting an evaluation.
Demonstrating Evidence Across the Project Cycle: Discusses the different types of evidence that can be used throughout the project cycle to, for example, support theories of action, choice of interventions, and provide formative feedback on how project activities are progressing.