Past Projects


Kamehameha Schools’ E Ola Pono
Sponsor: Kamehameha Schools
Principal Investigator: Dr. Gary Miron
April 26, 2005 - February 27, 2006

The Evaluation Center conducted an evaluation of the Kamehameha schools’ E Ola Pono Middle School Health Curriculum Pilot Project. The main goals of this evaluation were planning, instrument development, data collection/analysis from teacher training session on E Ola Pono curriculum, monitoring curriculum implementation, and data collection/analysis of learner outcomes.


Kamehameha Schools’ Aina Ulu Intitiative
Sponsor: Kamehameha Schools
Principal Investigator: Dr. Gary Miron
April 5, 2005 - October 30, 2005

The Evaluation Center proposes to provide technical assistance and program evaluation for Kamehameha Schools’ Anina Ulu Initiative. The two main goals of the proposal were to conduct a preliminary evaluation of the Aina Ulu Initiative, and develop a program monitoring and evaluation system for regular reporting purposes and future program evaluation of the initiative.


Kamehameha Schools’ FADC
Sponsor: Kamehameha Schools
Principal Investigator: Dr. Gary Miron
April 4, 2005 - September 30, 2006

The Evaluation Center worked with the Financial Aid Director and Ho’oulu Data Center Manager, Post-High Counseling staff, and PASE research staff to develop a program monitoring and evaluation system for regular reporting purposes and future program evaluation; evaluate the operation of the Post-High Counseling program together with the Post-High Financial Aid program and their program outcomes; and developed and used the existing database for tracking scholarship recipients, and worked with the department to coordinate data flow and tracking mechanisms for the program with emphasis on keeping things simple, consistent, and user friendly.


Heifer Project International
Sponsor: Heifer International
Principal Investigator: Dr. Michael Scriven
March 1, 2005 - December 31, 2009

The Center began working with Heifer in 2005 to evaluate some of the countries associated with its international program. Teams made up of 2 individuals would visit each country to evaluate group and community values, behavior, finances, social capital, and group cohesion resulting from HPI’s work. As part of these tasks, teams reviewed and analyzed documents, reports, and other materials related to the projects selected for the impact evaluation. Teams also worked with local staff to design and implement participatory assessments of the specific projects being evaluated. A meta-analysis was conducted of all five rounds of impact evaluation, and a tool kit will be developed for HPI use in the future. The countries which were involved in the evaluations were:

2005: South Central U.S. and Peru
2006: Albania, Nepal, Thailand
2007: Cameroon, China, Kenya, Tanzania
2008: Cambodia, Ghana, Guatemala, Honduras, Vietnam
2009: Armenia, Indonesia, the Philippines, and the Baltic states (Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia)


Food Resources Bank
Sponsor: Food Resource Bank
January 1, 2005 - August 15, 2005

The Evaluation Center provided quality data on the organization’s operations and results. FRB hoped to use the evaluation to assist in developing its strategic plan.


21st Century Community Learning Centers
Sponsor: Kalamazoo Public Schools
Principal Investigator: Dr. Gary Miron
December 1, 2004 - June 30, 2007

This after school program was operated by the Kalamazoo Communities in Schools Foundation in collaboration with the Kalamazoo Public Schools. It sought to help at-risk student through homework assistance, tutoring, arts, and sciences enrichment activities, and drug abuse prevention. The Center was evaluating program implementation and impacts on school climate, academic achievement, and parent and student satisfaction.


No Disposable Kids
Sponsor: Starr Commonwealth and Kalamazoo Public Schools
Principal Investigator: Dr. Gary Miron
August 1, 2004 - June 30, 2007

The No disposable Kids program was an effort implemented by Starr Commonwealth at six Kalamazoo Public Schools to improve relationships among staff and students and reduce racism and bullying. The Center evaluated program implementation and impacts on school climate, student behavior, and teacher perceptions.


Parental Information and Resource Center
June 14, 2004 - June 30, 2005

Evaluation of PIRC


KPS Middle School Summer Enrichment Program
Sponsor: Kalamazoo Public Schools
Principal Investigator: Dr. Chris Coryn and Dr. Arlen Gullickson
June 1, 2004 - August 30, 2006

The Center evaluated the Kalamazoo Public Schools’ Summer Enrichment program for three consecutive years. The evaluation, conducted by interdisciplinary evaluation graduate students, included a goal-free evaluation component and was structured around Michael Scriven’s Key Evaluation checklist.


Kamehameha Schools’ Pauahi Keiki Scholars Program
Sponsor: Kamehameha Schools
Principal Investigator: Dr. Gary Miron
April 4, 2004 - June 30, 2005

The Kamehameha Schools’ Pauahi Keiki Scholars (PKS) program provided need-based vouchers or scholarships for three- and four-year-olds to attend eligible private preschools. The evaluation of this program reviewed the implementation of the PKS program and assessed the program’s impact on children, families, and preschools.


Delaware Charter Schools
Sponsor: Delaware State Board of Education and Department of Education
Principal Investigator: Dr. Jerry Horn and Dr. Gary Miron
December 5, 2003 - January 31, 2007

The Evaluation Center contracted with the Delaware State Board of Education and Department of Education to conduct a comprehensive evaluation of the charter school initiative in Delaware. The critical questions addressed concerned impact, innovation, comparison with public school districts, relationships between schools and authorizers, management structure, factors linked to success in achieving school mission and improving learning, and how best to strengthen initiative. The analysis of student level data to measure the impact of the charter schools was one of the most rigorous studies of student achievement in charter schools ever completed.


FRA–Behavior-Based Safety
October 31, 2003

Third year of FRA evaluation.


Detroit Public Television
Sponsor: Federal Department of Education
Principal Investigator: Dr. Pamela Zeller
October 30, 2003

This two-year project was funded through the Federal Department of Education. The Enrichment Channel was a unique new multi-media experience that delivered learning materials and lesson guides directly into classrooms and homes via computer and telecommunications technologies.


Kamehameha Schools’ Preschool & Beyond
October 1, 2003 - June 30, 2005

Evaluation of KSPABS


Pennsylvania Department of Education
September 30, 2003

Continue the study of Pennsylvania Charter Schools


Long-Term Care Screening Tool Evaluation
September 20, 2003

Evaluation of a long-term care screening tool


High/Scope
Sponsor: W. K. Kellogg Foundation
Principal Investigator: Dr. Pam Zeller
August 8, 2003 - December 21, 2006

The Helping Schools Get Ready for All Children (Ready Schools) project was a three-year project funded by the W. K. Kellogg Foundation and implemented through the High/Scope Educational Research Foundation. Project’s principal goals were to create a Ready School Assessment and Improvement Plan, pilot test the Ready School assessment, provide public communication and widespread dissemination of the Ready School assessment. Evaluators provided formative and summative evaluations.


Target Plus
Principal Investigator: Dr. Pamela Zeller
August 1, 2003 - September 30, 2004

Evaluation of Target/Plus


Partnership for Comprehensive Equity
Sponsor: University of Montana
Principal Investigator: Dr. Arlen Gullickson
August 1, 2003 - August 31, 2008

The University of Montana’s Partnership for Comprehensive Equity (PACE) was an alliance of central administrators, deans, department heads/chairs, and faculty to bring about lasting change in the status and role of women faculty in science and mathematics. The Evaluation Center evaluated the effort, focusing on the extent to which the project’s objectives were met.


Swift Worksite Assessment and Translation
Sponsor: Center for Disease Control and Prevention
Principal Investigator: Dr. Carl Hanssen
June 1, 2003 - December 15, 2006

This project examined the development of a new methodology called SWAT. The method was intended as a middle ground evaluation strategy to identify worksites with promising practices. The Evaluation Center, in collaboration with Dr. Frances Lawrenz at the University of Minnesota, conducted formative and summative evaluation of the methodology.


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