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Program Evaluation Services

Billions of dollars. That’s what school districts and state departments of education spend 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 program evaluations to meet your specific needs. If you are planning for a grant that requires an independent evaluation of the program, 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. 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:

  • Frame program evaluation questions
  • Determine indicators that answer the program evaluation questions
  • Determine strategies to measure those indicators
  • Prepare for and gather the implementation indicators
    • Prepare new or modify existing instruments
    • Perform site visits or observations
    • Perform focus group interviews
    • Develop and administer surveys
    • Collect data and format for analysis
    • Analyze implementation data
  • Prepare for and gather the outcome indicators
    • Gather existing student achievement data (from state, district, or school tests)
    • Develop new or modify existing tests
    • Implement assessments
    • Process and score student assessments
    • Prepare and format data for analysis
    • Analyze student achievement data
  • Using statistics and psychometric measurement methodologies, establish the relationship between program implementation and student outcomes
  • 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 program evaluation. Please contact us to see how we can help you design and implement an effective program evaluation.

Reading First

Educational Data Systems developed and implemented the State of California’s Statewide Reading First program evaluation. Click on the heading above to read a brief overview of that evaluation project.