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Program Evaluation Services

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The Nina B. Hollis Institute for Educational Reform provides program evaluation, which may include any or all of the following:

  1. Assessment of program effectiveness;
  2. Oversight and compliance;
  3. Program and organizational improvement;
  4. Identification of best educational practices; or
  5. Investigation of specific research questions.

Evaluative Services

We use a collaborative approach, teaming with you to design and implement a comprehensive evaluation of the program and professional development plan. Evaluation plans and designs are tailored to fit your needs. Services may include:

  • Formative and summative evaluation
  • Needs assessments
  • Process evaluation or monitoring studies
  • Outcomes evaluation

Activities

  • Logic model development
  • Evaluation handbook creation
  • Professional development plan
  • Technical assistance
  • Evaluation workshops/presentations
  • Follow-up workshops/presentations
  • Data collection and analysis
  • Reporting and presentation of results

Methods

We collect primary data through phone, in-person, mail or web-based survey research, focus groups, or one-on-one interviews. Other data sources that are used include secondary data, which is information that is kept at the school or district level (e.g., attendance records, grades, standardized test scores, etc.). Our evaluations are independent and rigorous, providing you with the evidence they need to improve your program, pinpoint best practices, raise test scores and draw attention to important findings.

The Program Evaluation Process (P.E.P.) may include the following components:

  • Understanding the program to be evaluated
  • Developing a logic model for the program
  • Designing and planning the evaluation
  • Developing the instruments and data collection protocols
  • Collecting the data
  • Analyzing the data
  • Writing the report
  • Presenting the results
  • Follow-up technical assistance

Our team provides technical assistance to bridge research and practice. We develop ongoing assessment plans, which help schools and teachers understand how research and assessment drive instruction. Independent evaluations are available without technical assistance for programs that would like to keep the evaluation and professional development areas separate.