Past Projects

Sponsor: Fulcrum Corporation
Principal Investigator: Dr. Daniela Schroeter
January 15, 2009 - December 31, 2009

This project provided evaluation services for the Federal Railroad Administration’s International Conference on Fatigue Management and support to the evaluation track of the conference.

Chronic Care Collaborative
Sponsor: Integrated Health Partners
Principal Investigator: Dr. Chris Coryn
September 15, 2008 - June 30, 2011

The Evaluation Center is assessing the effectiveness of Integrated Health Partners’ collaborative efforts aimed at improving the health outcomes of persons with chronic health conditions using a one-group pretest-posttest design with multiple posttests (i.e., longitudinal, repeated measures).

Evaluation of the Family Literacy Program
Sponsor: Literacy Center of West Michigan
Principal Investigator: Stephanie Means
September 8, 2008 - October 31, 2013

This evaluation examines both the Family Literacy Program and the Iglesias de Esperanzas program. The broad objectives for the evaluation are to (1) ascertain the effect of the programs on the students in participating families, (2) determine the improvement of English as a second language and parenting skills for the parents in participating families, (3) ascertain the degree of change in at-home parent/child literacy and language activities, and (4) provide information on the successes and challenges of programs to the Literacy Center of West Michigan.

Operation Frontline
Sponsor: Share Our Strength
Principal Investigator: Dr. Daniela Schroeter
September 1, 2008 - April 30, 2009

The Evaluation Center was in the beginning stages of conducting a process evaluation to measure the level of program implementation and developed a monitoring plan for Share Our Strength, the project funder. The evaluation team selected for evaluating this project combined utilization-focused and consumer-oriented evaluation models and approaches. Data was gathered through interviews, observations, and surveys.

Muskegon County Jail Assessment Process
Sponsor: Muskegon County Community Mental Health Services
Principal Investigator: Dr. Stephen Magura Stephanie Evergreen
September 1, 2008 - January 31, 2010

This evaluation served two primary purposes: to provide frequent formative feedback to improve the implementation of the jail assessment process and to provide an account of the process’ impact on jailing and recidivism rates for persons with mental health or substance abuse problems. Information was gathered through focus groups with the booking staff, screening staff, assessment staff, and other key stakeholders. The focus groups took place when the program was implemented, at six months after implementation, and one year after implementation. The impact of the Muskegon County Jail assessment process was assessed regarding jailing rates in general, jailing rates for persons with mental health or substance abuse problems, and recidivism rates to determine if the program was effective and should be implemented on a larger scale.

Diversity Awareness and Leadership Training Program
Sponsor: Diversity Awareness and Leadership Training Program
Principal Investigator: Stephanie Evergreen
September 1, 2008 - Aug 31, 2009

Purpose of this project was to evaluate the effects of the program on its youth participants by using evaluative activities. A sustainable evaluation design was created to help the DALT staff to conduct internal monitoring and evaluation, which helped the program serve its youth participants better and improve its effectiveness.

Grand Rapids Youth Master Plan
Sponsor: City of Grand Rapids (MI)
Principal Investigator: Dr. Chris Coryn
July 28, 2008 - March 31, 2010

The purpose of this project was to determine the needs of Grand Rapids’ youth by providing an evaluation design and logic model to meet the needs of the program, conducting a needs assessment of Grand Rapids youth, providing feedback to stakeholders for program improvement purposes, and by documenting accomplishments and disseminating critical findings based on project activities.

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.

CPR Refreshers
Sponsor: Western Michigan University
Principal Investigator: Dr. Michael Miller
Co-Principal Investigator(s): Dr. Stephen Magura, Dr. Timothy Michael, and Dr. Robert Bensley
June 15, 2008 - April 30, 2011

The Center is conducting the evaluation component of the proposal to develop and administer refreshers training in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). The Center is Collaborating with the Health and Physical Education and Recreation department.

Benchmarking Student Evaluation Practices
Sponsor: National Science Foundation
Principal Investigator: Dr. Arlen Gullickson
March 1, 2008 - February 28, 2011

An invitational conference was held in February 2009 to examine and improve current student evaluation practices through the use of conference and follow-up activities to increase awareness and knowledge of “The Student Evaluation Standards,” promote research on student evaluation practices, develop and disseminate a model and tools for benchmarking student evaluation practices, and provide a structure to serve long-term studies of the student evaluation standards and their impact. A diverse group of educators were engaged in applying the information and benchmarking tools to improve teachers’ student evaluation practices in local school settings. Invited speakers included Dr. Judy Arter, Educational Testing Service, a nationally recognized expert in performance assessment; Dr. Katharine Cummings, WMU College of Education, who is working with a project to engage practicing teachers and teacher education candidates in a process of benchmarking; Dr. Joan Herman, CRESST, whose research recently has focused on the validity and utility of teachers’ formative assessment practices in science; Mr. Benjamin Sinwell, a National Board-certified mathematics teacher in Montgomery County, Maryland; and Dr. Caroline Wylie, ETS, whose current research centers around the use of formative assessment as a mechanism for improving teaching and learning in classrooms.

Latino/Hispanic Community Project
Sponsor: Battle Creek Community and W.K. Kellogg Foundation
Principal Investigator: Dr. Chris Coryn
January 31, 2008 - March 24, 2011

The vision of LHCP is to create support systems that contribute to improving the quality of life for the Latino/Hispanic community in Battle Creek. Through this program, it is anticipated that the Latinos/Hispanics in the Greater Battle Creek area will become recognized leaders because of their quality of services, engagement, and participation in the social and civic life of the community.

Kamehameha Schools’ Summer School Evaluation
Principal Investigator: Dr. Chris Coryn
December 31, 2007

Evaluation of summer school programs on Big Island and Maui. This will involve surveys of key stakeholders as well as impact on student achievement.

MI Comprehensive Oral Health Evaluation #2
Sponsor: Michigan Department of Community Health
Principal Investigator: Dr. Liesel Ritchie
October 1, 2007 - September 30, 2008

The Evaluation Center developed and conducted the evaluation of the Michigan Oral Health program to enhance understanding of and approaches to evaluation.

German Logic Model
Sponsor: Duetsches Jugendinstitat e.V.
Principal Investigator: Dr. Daniela Schroeter and Dr. Gary Miron
October 1, 2007 - December 31, 2007

An annotated bibliography on logic modeling was developed in the language of the work, and a synthesis report was written in German to reflect major findings form the review.

Chronic Care Model
Sponsor: Trinity/Integrated Health Partners
Principal Investigator: Dr. Chris Coryn
October 1, 2007 - June 30, 2009

To determine the effectiveness of Trinity Health’s collaborative efforts in the form of the Chronic Care Model in improving health outcomes for persons having chronic health conditions (e.g., diabetes)

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.

Strategic Planning and Implementation, Research and Evaluation
August 31, 2007


Buprenorphine Treatment in Jail and Post-Release
Sponsor: National Institute of health
Principal Investigator: Dr. Stephen Magura
July 2, 2007 - March 31, 2009

Heroin and other opioid abuse continue to be a significant problem among the criminal justice population. In 2002, the criminal justice system was the source of referral for 36 percent of all substance abuse treatment admissions, the largest source of referrals. Injection, still the primary route of administration among heroin users, is strongly associated with the transmission of HIV, hepatitis C, and other blood-borne diseases. The relationship between heroin use and criminal activity has been documented extensively. Correctional systems in the U.S., with few exceptions, have not provided institutional access to methadone maintenance. Buprenorphine maintenance is a recently approved therapy that may be more acceptable than methadone to the criminal justice system and opioid-dependent offenders. With one minor exception, buprenorphine has never been administered systematically as an opioid replacement therapy in a correctional setting in the U.S. Consenting eligible inmates will be randomly assigned to buprenorphine or methadone maintenance in jail and will be referred to a corresponding community treatment at release. Outcomes will be assessed at 3 months after release from jail by chart review and personal interviews.

Controlled Trial of Self-Help for Dually Diagnosed Persons
Sponsor: NDRI/National Institute on Drug Abuse
Principal Investigator: Dr. Stephen Magura
July 1, 2007 - June 30, 2008

The final project year was to develop statistical analytical plans, provide statistical analysis of the data, write articles for publication, and prepare the final report to the National Institute on Drug Abuse.

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