Past Projects


Evaluation of Swiss National Science Foundation
Sponsor: Swiss National Science Foundation
Principal Investigator: Dr. Chris Coryn, Dr. Brooks Applegate, Dr. Daniela Schroeter
January 1, 2012 - December 31, 2013

The Foundation Council of the SNSF has decided to conduct an evaluation of ‘overall quality assurance and transparency in evaluation’ across its funding instruments. The aim of the planned evaluation is improvement.


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.


FIPSE Evaluation- Kalamazoo College
Sponsor: U.S. Department of Education | FIPSE
Principal Investigator: Dr. Daniela Schroeter
July 1, 2011 - December 31, 2013

The purpose of this proposal is to provide external evaluation services for a Kalamazoo College FIPSE grant intended to improve student retention and connection through innovative advising practices. We will collaborate with Kalamazoo College in refining internal and external, formative and summative, research and evaluation mechanisms, implement external evaluation efforts, involve IDPE students to conduct interviews with Kalamazoo College students, and complete related analyses and reporting requirements.


Ujima Evaluations
Sponsor: Ujima Enterprises Incorporated
Principal Investigator: Stephanie Evergreen
May 2, 2011 - April 21, 2012

Propose to conduct interviews with the UPAT parent educators to understand the growth they have witnessed in the parent participants. UPAT has the benefit of the inclusion of many quantitative instruments that assess parent knowledge gains. We believe qualitative data resulting from the parent educator interviews will complement the questionnaire data and strengthen the overall findings about parent knowledge produced through UPAT.


Evaluation of the Race Exhibit Initiative
Sponsor: Race Exhibit Initiative | Kalamazoo Community Foundation
Principal Investigator: Stephanie Evergreen
December 31, 2010 - June 1, 2012

The Race Exhibit Initiative is a community-wide coalition of organizations that produce events to engage residents in a deep dialogue about race. The evaluation seeks to determine whether the coalition met its targets in terms of the number of residents engaged and the depth of their understanding about race. The evaluation also documents the challenges and successes of community collaboration.


KSO Marvelous Music Program
Sponsor: Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra
Principal Investigator: Dr. Chris Coryn
September 1, 2010 - August 31, 2013

In year 1 KSO will pilot the Marvelous Music! program (which is aimed at preschool children and their parents) and they will need formative evaluation to examine implementation of the program, its design, and so forth. Year 2 will also be primarily formative and year 3 will be summative and include an outcome and costs evaluation.


KPS Title I Jail Program
Sponsor: Kalamazoo Public Schools
Principal Investigator: Dr. Chris Coryn
Co-Principal Investigator(s): Kelly Robertson, Kurt Wilson
May 10, 2010 - June 3, 2011

The purpose of this evaluation is to determine the impact of KPS’s Office of Title I and School Improvement GED services at the Kalamazoo County Jail, make suggestions for improvements to the GED services, and evaluate the overall impact of this service/intervention.


KPS Title I Juvenile Program
Sponsor: Kalamazoo Public Schools
Principal Investigator: Dr. Chris Coryn
Co-Principal Investigator: Brooke Isham
May 10, 2010 - January 31, 2011

The purpose of this evaluation is to determine the effectiveness of the Title 1, Part D Juvenile Home Youth Center School and for the purpose of improvement.


KPS Title I Behavioral Program
Sponsor: Kalamazoo Public Schools
Principal Investigator: Dr. Chris Coryn
Co-Principal Investigator: Lindsay Noakes
May 10, 2010 - December 15, 2010

The purpose of this evaluation is to determine the perceived effectiveness of Title 1, Part A elementary support positions and professional development initiatives and their potential for impact on student achievement. The evaluation is intended to be primarily formative, that is, for the purpose of improvement. However, it also will be summative in that the information obtained will give an overall measure of perceived effectiveness over the 2009‐2010 school year.


Cultural Connections Evaluation
Sponsor: Fulbright-Hayes Group Study Abroad
Principal Investigator: W. F. Santiago-Valles | Stephanie Evergreen
March 1, 2010 - May 1, 2011

The Center will provide feedback and reflection opportunities for the current group of scholars who traveled to West Africa to develop curriculum for implementation in midwest US classrooms. The Haenicke Institute for Global Education; the departments of Speech-Language Pathology, Africana Studies, and Health, Physical Education, and Recreation; and numerous public schools around the midwest are collaborating with the Center on this work.


Evaluation of Sobriety Court
Sponsor: Muskegon County
Principal Investigator: Stephanie Evergreen
October 16, 2009 - November 1, 2011

The external evaluation of Muskegon County’s Sobriety Court uses longitudinal data and interviews with ex-offenders to examine effectiveness and impacts. Recidivism, improved education and employment, secure housing, and sobriety are main project outcomes the evaluation is assessing. Beyond this, the evaluation seeks to understand the main participant groups taking part in Sobriety Court to help the client see with whom the court system is having the most success.


Michigan Saves: Evaluability Assessment and Process Evaluation
Sponsor: Public Sector Consultants, Inc.
Principal Investigator: Dr. Daniela Schroeter
Co-Principal Investigator: Dr. Anne Cullen
October 5, 2009 - September 30, 2011

Michigan Saves is a recently funded innovative statewide energy efficiency and distributed renewable financing program, implemented by Public Sector Consultants Inc. in partnership with Delta Institute. The Evaluation Center serves as the program’s external evaluator tasked with conducting an evaluability assessment and process evaluation.


AA Effects on Drinking
Sponsor: National Institutes of Health
Principal Investigator: Dr. Stephen Magura
August 25, 2009 - July 31, 2012

The study uses three advanced statistical techniques to adjust for selection bias into Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) within the Project MATCH national treatment data set to determine whether there is a “true” causal connection between AA participation and reduction in drinking behaviors and related problems.


NRCCTE’s Effectiveness and Performance on GPRA Measures
Sponsor: The National Research Center for Career and Technical Education, University of Louisville
Principal Investigator: Dr. Daniela Schroeter
Co-Principal Investigator: Dr. Richard Zinser
August 1, 2009 - February 28, 2013

This external evaluation is intended to assess NRCCTE’s effectiveness and performance on the Government Performance and Results Act measures. Research relevance and product quality are assessed via expert panels. Usefulness of technical assistance and quality of professional development are assessed via surveys. Findings are reported to the Department of Education’s Office of Vocational and Adult Education.


International Labour Organization
Sponsor: International Labour Organization
Principal Investigator: Dr. Daniela Schroeter
April 1, 2009 - June 30, 2009

This project revised ILO’s evaluation appraisal tool, specifically reflecting the ILO declaration on social justice for a fair globalization; appraised ILO’s 2008 evaluation reports (roughly 40 reports); surveyed evaluators’ regarding compliance with evaluation processes and results; and reported finding back to ILO. The final report included both findings from each evaluation and synthesized findings across the evaluations.


Heifer Learning Centers
Sponsor: Heifer Project International
Principal Investigator: Dr. Michael Scriven
April 1, 2009 - July 31, 2010

The purpose for the evaluation was to document the impact of Heifer’s educational programs. The evaluation provided new insights and developed a complete picture of the impact of Heifer International’s Public Education programs as a major component of Heifer’s program portfolio. The evaluation helped provide a comprehensive assessment of Heifer’s public education programs and their alignment with and support of Heifer’s organization-wide goals and board ends.


Colorado ATE Targeted Research
Sponsor: University Colorado and NSF
Principal Investigator: Dr. Stephen Magura
March 23, 2009 - July 31, 2012

The Center is conducting research to define/measure the effectiveness of ATE Centers/Projects.


Center for Student Opportunity
Sponsor: Center for Student Opportunity
Principal Investigator: Dr. Daniela Schroeter
March 2, 2009 - August 31, 2009

Purpose for the evaluation for the Center for Student Opportunity project is to develop a data collection plan and sampling framework; develop data collection instruments; implement a needs assessment; and report in aggregate.


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