The Evaluation Center conducted the external evaluation of the Appalachia Educational Laboratory (AEL) for the past 15 or so years. AEL was one of the ten federally funded regional educational laboratories. The mission of AEL was to serve educational organizations at all levels through its projects, products, and services.
This external evaluation addressed AEL’s evaluation needs; explored the impact AEL was having in its region; assessed the quality of services and the extent to which needs were being served, as perceived by constituents; and conducted a metaevalaution of the evaluation activities implemented by AEL.
One component of AEL was its Field-based Development and Applied Research component, which included six projects focused on comprehensive school reform efforts. The external evaluation conducted by The Evaluation Center addressed the research and development component of AEL, plus all other aspects of its activities with educational institutions. The evaluation was multifacted, including both formative and summative evaluation.