Our program evaluations assess policies and practices that support cycles of continuous improvement and help people understand the effects of public and philanthropic investments on institutional change. We conduct formative and summative evaluations and partner to help those involved understand results and apply lessons learned.
Evaluation reports are usually confidential documents that help those engaged in the work understand successes and challenges, and that help funders evaluate the effectiveness of their investment. Through our evaluations, we have a wealth of knowledge and experience about transitioning big ideas into practice, and about common leverage points and pitfalls. Beginning in 2017 we will share high-level themes from the evaluations — keeping all identifying information regarding those involved in the evaluations confidential.
CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION/PATHWAYS DEVELOPMENT: EdInsights is currently working on a range of evaluations that focus on large-scale efforts to develop Career and Technical Education programs and pathways. For example, our Department of Labor-funded evaluation is examining the development of a health sciences pathway in community colleges in Los Angeles. Our evaluation of the Institutional Effectiveness Partnership Initiative of the California Community Colleges focuses on understanding the perceived effectiveness of a host of professional learning opportunities within that system.
COLLEGE STUDENT SUCCESS: EdInsights is working with colleagues at Sacramento State to help them understand how programs are helping students reach their goals. Two examples include the DEGREES program, which connects underrepresented students to support services on campus, and the Full Circle Project, which supports Asian American and Pacific Islander students.
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