Projects


ATE Central Subaward
Sponsor: University Of Wisconsin-Madison Institute for Research on Poverty
Principal Investigator: Dr. Lori Wingate
October 1, 2013 - September 30, 2017

The purpose of this project is to (a) assist ATE Central in the development and deployment of a survey of the constituency of the ATE projects and centers and (b) prepare publishable manuscripts on the survey process and results.


Evaluation of the International Codex Outreach Program
Sponsor: U.S. Department of Agriculture
Principal Investigator: Dr. Daniela Schroeter
September 30, 2013 - September 30, 2014

This is a program evaluation of the International Codex Outreach program.


Formative Assessment Systems
Sponsor: National Science Foundation
Principal Investigator: Dr. Arlen Gullickson
September 15, 2013 - February 29, 2016

The purpose of this project is to build interest in and collaborative partnership arrangements for constructing and testing various assessment tools for both data collection and providing feedback to PIs and their staffs. Webinars will precede the
conference; papers synthesizing findings will be published following the conference. Conference attendees will build work in strand groups constructing working collaborations to develop the ideas presented.


Research Paper Development
Sponsor: Advantage Performance Group, Inc.
Principal Investigator: Dr. Daniela Schroeter
September 1, 2013 - April 30, 2014

This project is intended to support one student in the development of a publishable.


PEEPs for PD: Identifying Project Evaluation Effectiveness Principles for Professional Development in Elementary Science Teaching
Sponsor: NSF Prime
Principal Investigator: Dr. Daniela Schroeter
September 15, 2012 - August 31, 2014

This exploratory proposal project is designed to identify and validate innovative evaluation practices and effective evaluation principles in STEM education by systematically reviewing, metaevaluating, and aggregating results from available evaluations of projects with goals of improving the quality and quantity of science instruction time in elementary school classrooms.


Evaluation of the Center for Performative Design and Engineering Technology
Sponsor: New York College of Technology, National Science Foundation
Principal Investigator: Dr. Lori Wingate, Krystin Martens
September 1, 2012 - August 31, 2014

The project’s evaluation will include formative and summative components. The formative evaluation component is intended to provide timely feedback to enable reflection on the effectiveness of the project’s implementation strategies so that improvements can be made as necessary. The summative component will focus on determining the extent to which the project’s anticipated outcomes were achieved, identifying any unintended positive and/or negative outcomes, and capturing “lessons learned”.


External Evaluation of CREOSA
Sponsor: Delaware State University & NSF-EHR
Principal Investigator: Dr. Lori Wingate
September 1, 2012 - August 31, 2017

The WMU Evaluation Center will provide evaluation services to Delaware State University for its proposed Center for Research and Education in Optical Sciences and Applications (CREOSA), a center funded through the NSF Center’s of Research Excellence in Science and Technology (CREST) program. CREOSA seeks to enhance recruitment of retention of underrepresented students in optical science and develop DSU’s research infrastructure.


Evaluation of Indiana State University’s Unbounded Possibilities Initiative
Sponsor: Indiana State University
Principal Investigator: Dr. Lori Wingate
August 1, 2012 - July 31, 2015

The WMU Evaluation Center is evaluating Indiana State University’s Unbounded Possibilities program. Unbounded Possibilities is an internally-funded program to support innovative in innovative initiatives that substantially advance institutional distinction. The external evaluation is providing an independent assessment of the quality, impact, and significance of the eight UP projects that will aid decision making about continuation of support, as well as improvement of the program.


WMU Upward Bound Evaluation
Sponsor: US Department of Education & WMU Division of Multicultural Affairs
Principal Investigator: Jason Burkhardt
June 1, 2012 - May 31, 2017

Evaluation of Western Michigan University’s Upward Bound Program.


Mount Sinai Journal of Medicine: Methadone Symposium
Sponsor: Evaluation Center
Principal Investigator: Herman Joseph (Guest Editor) and Stephen Magura
May 1, 2012 - August 20, 2020

This is an archive of evaluation-related articles on methadone treatment published in the Mount Sinai Journal of Medicine (MSJM), volume 67 (5 & 6), 2000 and volume 68 (1), 2001. These issues are posted on the WMU Evaluation Center website with permission of the Mount Sinai Journal of Medicine, New York, NY. These issues are being made available on-line for free downloading for professional use as a service to the field.


Urban Core Collaborative
Sponsor: W.K. Kellogg Foundation
Principal Investigator: Kelly Robertson
April 13, 2012 - October 15, 2014

This external evaluation will use a developmental evaluation approach to asses the launch and growth of the Urban Core Collaborative (UCC), which is community-based collaborative funded by W.K. Kellogg Foundation that is working to increase the capacity of local organizations to enact systemic change throughout neighborhoods of Grand Rapids, Michigan. The evaluation will transition to an impact assessment to determine the extent to which UCC has increased the capacity of local organizations and cultivated leaders in communities of color.


Evaluation of RCN-UBE: Microbial Genome Annotation Network
Sponsor: Augustana College | National Science Foundation
Principal Investigator: Dr. Daniela Schroeter
December 1, 2011 - December 1, 2014

The Evaluation Center will conduct a process and outcome evaluation of RCN-UBE: Microbial Genome Annotation Network project. Specifically, the evaluation team will investigate the quality and outcomes of RCN-UBE: Microbial Genome Annotation Network project through the administration of student and faculty pre- and post-surveys, review of documents, and interviews with stakeholders.


Field Initiated Research Trauma Informed Juvenile Assessment and Treatment
Sponsor: U.S. Department of Justice Office Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention
Principal Investigator: Dr. James Henry
September 1, 2011 - August 30, 2014

An intra-country comparison group will be composed within each of the five counties and then analyzed utilizing structured equation modeling. The hypothesis is that youth who receive trauma informed interventions will have a reduction in recidivism in committing subsequent crimes, have increased academic progress, and reduced behavioral symtomology compared to those that are not participating in trauma assessment and treatment.


Evidence Based Practice
Sponsor: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services | National Institutes of Health
Principal Investigator: Dr. Stephen Magura
July 1, 2011 - June 30, 2014

Identifying “what works” in the behavioral health disciplines is crucial for making well-informed defensible decisions when selecting and implementing behavioral health-related interventions. As the need for relevant, accessible, and systematically derived information that supports policy decisions has increased, so has the demand for comprehensive sources of information about effective programs and intervention modalities. To this end, a number of “evidence based” repositories and registers have been developed by various federal and state organizations, NGO’s, and universities.


EvaluATE: The ATE Evaluation Resource Center
Sponsor: National Science Foundation
July 15, 2008 - July 31, 2016

EvaluATE promotes the goals of the Advanced Technological Education program by partnering with ATE projects and centers to strengthen the program’s evaluation knowledge base, expand the use of exemplary evaluation practices, and support the continuous improvement of technician education throughout the nation.


Dual Focus Mutual Aid
Sponsor: National Institute of Health
Principal Investigator: Dr. Stephen Magura
July 1, 2008 - April 30, 2014

The study aims are (1) to conduct a multisite randomized controlled trial to determine the efficacy of “dual focus” 12-step mutual aid groups for persons with co-occurring substance use and mental discords; (2) to determine the therapeutic mechanisms mediating between Double Trouble in Recovery (DTR) participation and behavioral outcomes; and (3) to determine the personal, social/environmental, and treatment-related variables that predict DTR affiliation.


Assessment for Learning Research Scholars: Capacity Building in Mathematics and Science Education
Sponsor: National Science Foundation
Principal Investigator: Dr. Steven Ziebarth
September 1, 2007 - August 31, 2014

This project represents collaboration among The Evaluation Center, the Department of Mathematics Education, and the Mallinson Institute for Science Education. The project expands on research in assessment for learning (AFL) or “the process of seeking and interpreting evidence for use by learners and their teachers to decide where the learners are in their learning, where they need to go, and how best to get there” (Assessment Report Group, 2002). A cadre of five doctoral students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) are being trained in and conducting research on measurement and evaluation.


Past Projects

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