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Evaluation Services

Specializing in education and applied science program evaluation, CRRE’s research department improves the impacts of programs and services through four levels of evaluation studies: (1) design quality; (2) development; (3) efficacy; and (4) effectiveness. Researchers at CRRE work with clients to tailor evaluation plans to needs and budget, offering a range of services including consulting, research design, program monitoring, data collection, survey and assessment administration, and rigorous analyses of quantitative and qualitative data.

We serve a diverse range of clients, including curriculum developers, education centers, individual schools and school districts, and private foundations. Our work has encompassed local, national, and international evaluations on topics such as at-risk students, leadership development, online learning, and democracy awareness. For more detail, see an overview of our recent and current evaluations, and read an example of the importance of evaluating evidence for product effectiveness.

To address the unique needs of each organization, CRRE offers the following range of evaluation studies. CRRE can work with your organization to choose the level that is right for you.

  1. Design and Implementation Quality: Smaller “formative evaluation” case studies, often using program design quality rubrics, observations, interviews, and surveys that focus on a program’s design components and how they are received and used by target consumers (e.g., teachers, students, parents, etc.). Program improvements are directly informed by results.
  2. Development Study: Initial feasibility studies or pilots without control groups used to refine program design and gather evidence. Data typically includes stakeholder perceptions and extant data analyses. Clients receive reports detailing the benefits of the program or product. This is typically a first step to tryout a product or program before wider implementation or in building a grant resume and initial evidence needed to be competitive for larger grant applications.
  3. Efficacy: Medium-scale studies that focus on how the program operates and affects educational outcomes in try-outs in pilot schools or small treatment-group vs. control-group comparisons. Efficacy studies are conducted to prove potential on a small scale.
  4. Effectiveness: Larger-scale “summative evaluation” studies that focus on the success of the program in improving outcomes in rigorous non-randomized (“quasi”) experimental studies or randomized controlled trials.

Benefits to program developers and providers include:

  • Documentation of program or service usage by practitioners and learners;
  • Documentation of program/service effects in improving learning and other educational outcomes; and
  • Formative feedback to developers and providers regarding program/service improvement. 

For more information on how CRRE can work with your organization, contact Dr. Steven M. Ross, professor and evaluation director, at (410) 616-2407 or