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Billions of money are spent by school districts and state departments of education on educational programs. Education stakeholders require rigorous evidence that programs are effective—grant money, tax money, student and teacher time, and many other resources are all at stake. Whether your program is straightforward or complex, we customize our evaluation of educational programs to meet your specific needs. If you are planning for a grant that requires an independent education program evaluation, we are happy to partner with you to prepare an effective grant application, then assist you in ensuring all of the elements of the evaluation are in place from the start of your program. We develop measurement metrics for program implementation and outcome variables. We understand the quantitative and qualitative methods needed for an accurate and valid evaluation in the education industry. Our analysis yields insights into how to improve the program, whether it is effective as planned, and whether there are unintended consequences. Our services follow a prescribed proven methodology:

  1. Frame program evaluation questions
  2. Determine indicators that answer the program evaluation questions
  3. Determine strategies to measure those indicators
  4. Prepare for and gather the implementation indicators
  5. Prepare new or modify existing instruments
  6. Perform site visits or observations
  7. Perform focus group interviews
  8. Develop and administer surveys
  9. Collect data and format for analysi
  10. Analyze implementation data
  11. Prepare for and gather the outcome indicators
  12. Gather existing student achievement data (from state, district, or school tests)
  13. Develop new or modify existing tests
  14. Implement assessments
  15. Process and score student assessments
  16. Prepare and format data for analysis
  17. Analyze student achievement data
  18. Using statistics and psychometric measurement methodologies, establish the relationship between program implementation and student outcomes
  19. Prepare findings, make recommendations, and write reports

Which schools or districts have fully implemented the program, and which have not? Is your program effective at all? If it is, how effective, and is it significant? Which schools show true growth in student achievement? Are those students at the schools that fully implemented the program? What is the relationship between implementation and achievement? These are all questions that we can answer by implementing a valid evaluation of your educational programs. Please contact us to see how we can help you design and implement an effective educational program evaluation.