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Using Quasi Experimental Designs in Evaluation
Sabrina discusses how quasi-experimental research can provide strong evidence to your program that a treatment or intervention is indeed effective.
Ask the Experts - Submitting Proposals to AERA
Our evaluation team answers the question: What advice do you have for students and early career professionals submitting a proposal for the AERA Annual Conference?
Expert Opinion: Misplaced Ownness
Lauren walks you through her three most important takeaways from a Trends Report by the Pell Institute, COE, and PennAHEAD.
Survey Success: Five Ways to Remove Barriers, Gain Insight!
Joanna helps you create a survey distribution plan that centers on making the survey as easy as possible for your participants to access and complete.
Are Your Goals SMART?
Lauren provides you with a straightforward framework to use to make sure that you can implement and evaluate any size plan.
Who Shares in Your Success?
Joanna will help you understand how to figure out how all your program partners, or shareholders, or stakeholders are for your education program.
Taking our Programs to the End-Zone: Formative v. Summative Evaluation
Lauren walks you through two kinds of evaluations, gives you skills to create a formative evaluation plan for TRIO or GEAR UP, and foundational knowledge to impress your colleagues.
Creating a Data Collection System That Works!
Using an inherited system from a previous program or starting completely from scratch Joanna can help you create a custom data collection system!
3 Myths About Evaluation
Meghan shares the top three myths she hears as a professional evaluator of college access programs and how she bust them!
Qualitative vs. Quantitative Data
Lauren explains the difference between qualitative and quantitative data and how GEAR UP and TRIO programs can leverage both.
Types of Evaluation: Focus, Measures, Application – Entry 1: Introduction
Nadia defines four types of evaluation frameworks and specifies their foci by providing brief examples of the core components.
Utilization-Focused Evaluation: Turn Insights into Action
Joanna explain's the RED team’s main evaluation framework Utilization-focused evaluation (UFE).
Why, When, and How to Conduct Needs Assessments
Learn from Nadia about the reasons college access programs have for for conducting needs assessments.
Making Sense of ESSA’s Evidence Standards
Meghan takes the time to walk you through the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and why it matters for your college access program.
Using Partner Interviews in Evaluation Practices
Nadia shares the specifics of conducting partner interviews as another way to get more valuable input and insights.
Using Focus Groups in Education Research and Evaluation Practices
Evaluation of educational access programs such as TRIO and GEAR UP is a complex task that utilizes many research tools and techniques and involves all project partners. Nadia shares how to incorporate focus groups.
IMPROVE Evaluation Framework
Learn how Nadia's fun acronym will help you IMPROVE your assessment and effectiveness by bringing together all your project's partners.
Don’t Just Be a Bench(mark) Warmer
Joanna shares how college access programs can use benchmarks to guide daily work, create consistency, and prioritize activities.
Using a Continuous Improvement Framework to Achieve Greatness
Rayven guides you through four phases of a continuous improvement framework by sharing how an out-of-school STEM program shifted due to COVID-19.
3 Ways to Use Evaluation Beyond Your APR
TRIO and GEAR UP programs collect so much data for the APR, but have you ever thought about what else you can do with program data?