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What is Evaluating What Works?

Evaluating What Works is a technical assistance program that provides personalized support for developing an appropriate, feasible study design to understand what works in your school or district.

Initial consultations are free. Contact Elysia Clemens for more information.

We offer various forms of free technical assistance including:

  • Brainstorming ways to incorporate evaluation into the decision-making process
  • Identifying funding sources for evaluation studies
  • Developing study questions that address the needs of the school or district
  • Selecting a study design that addresses the study question and best fits the school or district context

For general information about causal program evaluation, see the Program Evaluation Resources Page.

 Video Transcript

Narrator: To help schools and school districts execute high quality program evaluations, the Education Innovation Institute at the University of Northern Colorado has created a multi-faceted training program to help you in evaluating what works.

EII Director: The mission of the Evaluating What Works program is to support education leaders in designing and implementing feasible studies that yield meaningful and actionable results.

Narrator: In the ever-changing world of educational accountability, it’s imperative that schools maximize their resources toward programming that truly makes a difference for students.  But with limited budgets and limited personnel, how can they determine which programs really work?

EII Director: Education leaders tell us that accountability pressures prompt them to implement several programs and services at a time. As a result, they struggle to determine which interventions are responsible for changes in student behavior and achievement.

Narrator: How well do you understand which of your current programs and initiatives are producing the results you expect? Maybe you’ve bought some new technology, brought in a consultant to provide training, or changed your curriculum. How much time, money, and personnel have you already invested on programming that may not be yielding the results you want? 

Narrator: Quality program evaluation provides vital information to help you decide how to best allocate your district’s time and money.  But rigorous program evaluations must follow certain conventions if they’re going to tell you whether a program actually causes results instead of just finding suggestive correlations. 

EII Director: This work is important because schools and districts are constantly working to improve student outcomes on tight budgets. To find out which things work and which do not, educators need to conduct high quality, rigorous program evaluations.

Narrator: The Education Innovation Institute offers support for your school or district with low-cost, high-quality program evaluation.

EII Director: Program evaluation can vary widely in terms of cost, duration, and usability of findings. Evaluating What Works reduces barriers to rigorous program evaluation so schools and districts can create evaluations that are meaningful, cost-effective, and contribute to continuous improvement.

Narrator: To learn more about program evaluation and the Evaluating What Works products and services, some free and others priced just to cover our costs, you can visit our website, send us an email, or feel free to give Dr. Klopfenstein a call. We look forward to hearing from you.