Past Projects

Oral Health Evaluation Plan
Sponsor: Michigan Department of Community Health
Principal Investigator: Dr. Liesel Ritchie
February 15, 2007 - September 01, 2007

The Evaluation Center developed a comprehensive evaluation plan for its oral health program. The Department of community Health provided technical assistance to local health departments and community agencies and coordinated statewide programming around oral health issues such as water fluoridation, tobacco cessation, school-based dental programs, and dental care for nursing home residents.

Kalamazoo Promise
Sponsor: U.S. Department of Education
Principal Investigator: Dr. Gary Miron
January 1, 2007 - December 31, 2008

Funding from the U.S. Department of Education enabled The Evaluation Center to form a three-way partnership to study the impact of the Kalamazoo Promise. the partnership among WMU, Kalamazoo Public Schools, and the W.E. Upjohn Institute sought to asses the short-term and intermediate outcomes of the Kalamazoo Promise. The promise is a scholarship program announced in November 2005 that provides up to four years of tuition and fees at any two-year or four-year public college or university in Michigan for students who graduate from Kalamazoo Public Schools.

ATE Survey
Sponsor: National Science Foundation
Principal Investigator: Dr. Arlen Gullickson
December 12, 2006 - November 30, 2009

The evaluation began in 2000 and continued until 2009. The annual survey provided information needed to assess the impact and effectiveness of the ATE program. Along with information gathered by other ATE-targeted studies, this survey was used to address four basic questions: To what degree was the program achieving its goals? Was it making an impact, reaching the individuals and groups intended? How effective was it when it reached its constituents? Were there ways the program could be improved significantly?

Advanced Technological Education
August 31, 2006 - November 30, 2009

Develop data collection, reporting system & develop guide books to assist ATE centers to prepare & provide impact & effectiveness information.

AEA Birth Story
Sponsor: American Evaluation Association
Principal Investigator: Dr. Liesel Ritchie
August 10, 2006 - May 31, 2007

The Evaluation Center documented the history of birth of the organization through interviews with key players in the merger and analysis of historical records.

Charter School Student Achievement in the Great Lakes Region
Sponsor: Arizona State University
Principal Investigator: Dr. Gary Miron
May 1, 2006 - April 30, 2008

The Evaluation Center conducted secondary analysis of student achievement data for charter schools in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin.

Charter School Teacher Attrition in the Great Lakes Region
Sponsor: Arizona State University's Educational Policy Studies Lab
Principal Investigator: Dr. Gary Miron
May 1, 2006 - April 30, 2007

The Evaluation Center researched the causes of teacher attrition in charter schools in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin. This research included data mining from state-level charter school evaluations.

Healthier Communities
Sponsor: Sarah Bush Lincoln Health System
Principal Investigator: Dr. Liesel Ritchie
March 15, 2006 - September 15, 2006

This project was a needs assessment for the Sarah Bush Lincoln Health System in Illinois to determine interest in and possible use of an Interactive Health Education Facility for its Healthier Communities Initiative. The study involved an on-line survey of educators in the region, as well as a household telephone survey targeting homes with children ages 5-17.

Confidendtial Close Call Reporting System
Sponsor: Federal Railroad Administration via New Vectors
Principal Investigator: Dr. Liesel Ritchie
March 10, 2006 - March 31, 2008

The Evaluation Center subcontracted with New Vectors to assist in its evaluation of the Federal Railroad Administration’s Confidential Close Call Reporting System (C3RS). This involved evaluation activities focusing on a small number of pilot railroad sites (3 rail yards and 1 passenger rail hub) where C3RS was being implemented. The work Entailed instrument development, ongoing data collection, data analysis activities, and reporting.

Education for the Arts
Sponsor: Irving S. Gilmore Foundation
Principal Investigator: Dr. Michael Scriven
Co-Principal Investigator: Dr. James Sanders
March 1, 2006 - December 31, 2007

Education for the Arts was a Kalamazoo Regional Educational Service Agency program funded by the Irving S. Gilmore Foundation. It was intended to enhance K-12 education throughout Kalamazoo County.

Even Start
Sponsor: Bay-Arenac ISD
Principal Investigator: Dr. Pamela Zeller
December 7, 2005 - December 30, 2006

EvenStart, a family literacy program of Bay-Arenac ISD. The evaluation included formative and summative components, focusing on the program’s impact on the literacy level of involved families.

November 30, 2005

Assist SERVE in its developmental and accountability needs.  

Milwaukee Mathematics Partnership
Sponsor: University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee
Principal Investigator: Dr. Carl Hanssen
October 1, 2005 - August 31, 2006

The Evaluation Center was engaged to prepare an external evaluation plan for the project. The plan called for Evaluation Center staff to collaborate with MMP’s internal evaluator and to coordinate a series of targeted studies designed to examine specific elements of the MMP’s activities.

Systemic Initiative in Education
Sponsor: The Rapides Foundation
Principal Investigator: Dr. Gary Miron
September 19, 2005 - November 30, 2010

The Evaluation Center is analyzing the Systemic Initiative in Education in cooperation with the Gordon A. Cain Center at Louisiana State University. The evaluation will continue through September 2010, a year after the initiative has been completed. The evaluation includes a comparison of actual student performance and predicted performance based on demographic and background characteristics—an innovative method referred to as residual gain analysis.

Tsunami Hazards
Sponsor: University of Hawaii and the National Science Foundation
Principal Investigator: Dr. Liesel Ritchie
September 1, 2005 - August 31, 2008

This study examined factors that influence the extent to which people prepare for tsunamis and how they respond to different tsunami warnings. Study sites included communities in 8 states and territories (Alaska, Washington, Oregon, California, North Carolina, Puerto Rico, Florida, and Hawaii). In each community, residents were asked about their experiences, attitudes, and knowledge with regard to tsunamis. Findings were to be used to inform policy decisions and develop and assess tsunami education and awareness programs.

May 31, 2005

Evaluation activities at SERVE and the South East Initiatives Regional Technology in Education Consortium.  

Kamehameha Schools’ Literacy Enhancement
May 30, 2005 - June 30, 2006

Evaluation of Literacy Enhancement Program

Kamehameha Schools’ Hi’ilani Program
May 10, 2005 - September 30, 2006

Evaluation of Hi’ilani Program.  

Kamehameha Schools’ Service Learning Program
May 6, 2005 - June 30, 2006

Evaluation of Service Learning Program  

Kamehameha Schools’ Ho’olako Like Schools
Sponsor: Kamehameha Schools
Principal Investigator: Dr. Gary Miron
May 6, 2005 - February 28, 2007

The Evaluation Center provided technical support and data analysis to Kamehameha Schools for the Ho’olako Like Schools.

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