Innovation Session: Do-It-Yourself Program Evaluation Tools for Schools and State Agencies

Thursday, November 8, 2018: 3:30 PM-4:15 PM
Atrium - Exhibit Level (Marriott Wardman Park)

*Names in bold indicate Presenter

Participants:  Purvi Sevak1, Ignacio Martinez2 and Steven Glazerman2, (1)Hunter College, City University of New York(2)Mathematica Policy Research

Description of Research: Historically, agencies, schools and other organizations interested in evaluation hired researchers or consultants to conduct their evaluation work. These evaluations were typically costly and took a long time before delivering findings on program effectiveness. Today, schools and state agencies face rising pressure to show that their programs are working and to implement evidence-based programs for continuous improvement. With limited resources for and knowledge in program evaluation, schools and state agencies can use tools like the ED Tech RCE Coach and the VR Coach to support them in their efforts. Some examples of questions users may address include: • Can text-messaging increase parent attendance at school meetings? • Does a specific educational technology improve student test scores? • Does a digital tool better engage teachers in professional development? • How can I set up an effective pilot? • Do work-based learning experiences while in high school increase the employment rates of young adults with disabilities?

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