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Lamont, Andrea E.; Markle, Robert S.; Wright, Annie; Abraczinskas, Michelle; Siddall, James; Wandersman, Abraham; Imm, Pam; Cook, Brittany – American Journal of Evaluation, 2018
Traditional methods of evaluation are limited in their ability to answer key questions often of interest to process evaluators, such as heterogeneity in the ways individuals adopt new programs. In this article, we demonstrate how a statistical approach, Latent Class Analysis, can help improve the quality of process evaluations and illustrate its…
Descriptors: Evaluation Methods, Item Response Theory, Teaching Skills, Educational Technology
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Thomas, Veronica G.; Parsons, Beverly A. – American Journal of Evaluation, 2017
The authors of this article each bring a different theoretical background to their evaluation practice. The first author has a background of attention to culturally responsive evaluation (CRE), while the second author has a background of attention to systems theories and their application to evaluation. Both have had their own evolution of…
Descriptors: Culturally Relevant Education, Educational Practices, Evaluation Methods, Alignment (Education)
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DeBarger, Angela Haydel; Penuel, William R.; Harris, Christopher J.; Kennedy, Cathleen A. – American Journal of Evaluation, 2016
Evaluators must employ research designs that generate compelling evidence related to the worth or value of programs, of which assessment data often play a critical role. This article focuses on assessment design in the context of evaluation. It describes the process of using the Framework for K-12 Science Education and Next Generation Science…
Descriptors: Intervention, Program Evaluation, Research Design, Science Tests
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Munter, Charles; Cobb, Paul; Shekell, Calli – American Journal of Evaluation, 2016
We examined the extent to which mathematics program evaluations that have been conducted according to methodologically rigorous standards have attended to the theories underlying the programs being evaluated. Our analysis focused on the 37 reports of K-12 mathematics program evaluations in the last two decades that have met standards for inclusion…
Descriptors: Evaluation Research, Clearinghouses, Standards, Mathematics Education
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Woodland, Rebecca H. – American Journal of Evaluation, 2016
Professional learning communities (PLCs) have emerged as one of the nation's most widely implemented strategies for improving instruction and PK-12 student learning outcomes. PLCs are predicated on the principles of improvement science, a type of evidenced-based collective inquiry that aims to bridge the research-practice divide and increase…
Descriptors: Communities of Practice, Elementary Secondary Education, Early Childhood Education, Educational Improvement
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Brandon, Paul R.; Harrison, George M.; Lawton, Brian E. – American Journal of Evaluation, 2013
When evaluators plan site-randomized experiments, they must conduct the appropriate statistical power analyses. These analyses are most likely to be valid when they are based on data from the jurisdictions in which the studies are to be conducted. In this method note, we provide software code, in the form of a SAS macro, for producing statistical…
Descriptors: Statistical Analysis, Correlation, Effect Size, Benchmarking
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Flygare, Erik; Gill, Peter Edward; Johansson, Bjorn – American Journal of Evaluation, 2013
Sweden has a low prevalence of bullying and Swedish schools are legally obliged to have anti-bullying policies. Many commercial programs are available. A mixed methods, quasi-experimental, concurrent evaluation of 8 programs, chosen from a pool of 21 widely used anti-bullying programs, was planned. Preliminary data, based on 835 stakeholder…
Descriptors: Intervention, Questionnaires, Bullying, Foreign Countries
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Henry, Gary T.; Smith, Adrienne A.; Kershaw, David C.; Zulli, Rebecca A. – American Journal of Evaluation, 2013
Performance-based accountability along with budget tightening has increased pressure on publicly funded organizations to develop and deliver programs that produce meaningful social benefits. As a result, there is increasing need to undertake formative evaluations that estimate preliminary program outcomes and identify promising program components…
Descriptors: Formative Evaluation, Program Evaluation, Program Effectiveness, Longitudinal Studies
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Woodland, Rebecca H.; Hutton, Michael S. – American Journal of Evaluation, 2012
Collaboration is a widely utilized strategy for addressing complex social issues and for facilitating organizational innovation and performance. Evaluators are uniquely positioned to empirically examine the development and effects of interagency and interprofessional collaboration. In this article, the authors present the Collaboration Evaluation…
Descriptors: Cooperation, Strategic Planning, Innovation, Evaluators
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Prado, Jose – American Journal of Evaluation, 2011
Racial minority evaluators increase the democratic capacity and potential of institutions to the extent that they draw on their experiences and those of other marginalized communities. Their reflection on these experiences helps to disclose institutional power dynamics that are often veiled in neutrality. Of course, this depends on sound…
Descriptors: Minority Groups, Evaluators, Context Effect, Cultural Pluralism
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Samuels, Maurice; Ryan, Katherine – American Journal of Evaluation, 2011
The emergence of and the attention given to culture in the evaluation field over the last decade has created a heightened awareness of and need for evaluators to understand the complexity and multidimensionality of evaluations within multicultural, multiracial, and cross-cultural contexts. In this article, the authors discuss how cultural…
Descriptors: Evaluation Methods, Culture, Cultural Relevance, Inquiry
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Azzam, Tarek – American Journal of Evaluation, 2011
This study addresses the central question "How do evaluators' background characteristics relate to their evaluation design choices?" Evaluators were provided with a fictitious description of a school-based program and asked to design an evaluation of that program. Relevant background characteristics such as level of experience,…
Descriptors: Evaluators, Program Evaluation, Evaluation Utilization, Evaluation Methods
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Azzam, Tarek – American Journal of Evaluation, 2010
A simulation study was conducted in an attempt to examine how evaluators modify their evaluation design in response to differing stakeholder groups. In this study, evaluators were provided with a fictitious description of a school-based program. They were then asked to design an evaluation of the program. After the evaluation design decisions were…
Descriptors: Feedback (Response), Evaluators, Program Evaluation, Simulation
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Smith, Nick L.; Brandon, Paul R.; Lawton, Brian E.; Krohn-Ching, Val – American Journal of Evaluation, 2010
This is the first examination of exemplary evaluation under a new editorial approach, in which the authors are attempting not only to report how the evaluation was conducted and to explain the rationale for design and implementation but also to examine the conditions, events, or actions that might have contributed to its exemplary status. This…
Descriptors: Elementary School Students, Reading Comprehension, Program Evaluation, Grants
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Newton, Xiaoxia A.; Llosa, Lorena – American Journal of Evaluation, 2010
Most K-12 evaluations are designed to make inferences about how a program implemented at the classroom or school level affects student learning outcomes and such inferences inherently involve hierarchical data structure. One methodological challenge for evaluators is linking program implementation factors typically measured at the classroom or…
Descriptors: Program Evaluation, Reading Programs, Reading Achievement, Program Implementation
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