Projects

The Evaluation Center is providing valued services to the following projects.

Past projects

Advanced Technological Education Central Subaward

Sponsor: University of Wisconsin—Madison Institute for Research on Poverty
Principal Investigator: Dr. Lori Wingate
Oct. 1, 2013, to Sept. 30, 2017

This project:

  • Assists ATE Central in the development and deployment of a survey of the constituency of the ATE projects and centers.
  • Prepares publishable manuscripts on the survey process and results.

Dr. Lori Wingate and Krystin Martens work with personnel from ATE Central in the development and deployment of the survey:

  • Year 1: Advise on the survey content, design and sampling, including focus groups to obtain input on the survey questions from ATE and community college audiences.
  • Year 2: Advise on data analysis and write up results into a publishable manuscript.
  • Year 3: Advise on the revision of the survey’s content and design, including focus groups to obtain input from ATE and community college audiences.
  • Year 4: Advise on data analysis and write up results into a second publishable manuscript.

EvaluATE: The ATE Evaluation Resource Center

Sponsor: National Science Foundation
Principal Investigator: Dr. Lori Wingate and Dr. Arlen Gullickson, co-principal investigator
July 15, 2008, to July 31, 2017

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.

Evaluation of Indiana State University’s Accelerating College Completion Through Math Mindset Project

Sponsor: Indiana State University
Principal Investigators: Dr. Brad Watts and Dr. Daniela Schroeter
Oct. 1, 2014, to Sept. 30, 2018

The WMU Evaluation Center is providing evaluation services to Indiana State University’s FIPSE grant. Based on an experimental design, the project seeks to identify most effective strategies to accelerate college completion. The evaluation will provide expert reviews of the RCT and related reports, and provide formative and summative feedback that informs overall project performance and GPRA measures.

Evaluation of the oneplace at Kalamazoo public library

Sponsor: ONEplace
Principal Investigator: Dr. Brad Watts
Sept. 1, 2016, to Aug. 31, 2018

An evaluation of ONEplace, a program providing professional development for non-profit leaders in West Michigan. The EC is  assisting the program with developing program goals, identifying appropriate outcome measures, assessing the program's operational processes, developing data collection instruments, and analyzing data collected by ONEplace on its participants.

EVALUATION OF THE use of restorative practices to reduce school truancy in michigan

Sponsor: The State of Michigan, Michigan Supreme Court, State Court Adnimistrative Office
Principal Investigator: Dr. Brad Watts
Jul. 1, 2016, to Sept. 28, 2018

The Evaluation Center is conducting a process and outcome evaluation of Michigan's Community Dispute Resolution Program, which provides grant funding for schools to offer restorative practice services that are intended to address problems such as truancy and discipline problems. Restorative practices for youth include a number of intervention approaches, such as mediation and circles, that are intended to provide effective alternatives to traditional in-school discipline or the involvement of the juvenile justice system. The study includes a process evaluation examining implementation and user satisfaction, and an outcome evaluation that will measure the program's impact on absenteeism, suspensions, and academic performance.

EVALUATION OF THE USE OF RESTORATIVE PRACTICES TO REDUCE SCHOOL TRUANCY IN MICHIGAN

Sponsor: The State of Michigan, Michigan Supreme Court, State Court Administrative Office
Principal Investigator: Dr. Brad Watts
Jul. 1, 2016, to Sept. 28, 2018

The Evaluation Center is conducting a process and outcome evaluation of Michigan's Community Dispute Resolution Program, which provides grant funding for schools to offer restorative practice services that are intended to address problems such as truancy and discipline problems. Restorative practices for youth include a number of intervention approaches, such as mediation and circles, that are intended to provide effective alternatives to traditional in-school discipline or the involvement of the juvenile justice system. The study includes a process evaluation examining implementation and user satisfaction, and an outcome evaluation that will measure the program's impact on absenteeism, suspensions, and academic performance.

Evaluation for Improving Teacher Quality Grant at CMU

Sponsor: Michigan Department of Education
Principal Investigator: Dr. Brad Watts
Nov. 16, 2016, to Sept. 30, 2017

This is an evaluation of a program at teacher training program at Central Michigan University that is supported by grant funding from the Michigan Department of Education. The program provides STEM training to elementary and middle school teachers through a series of professional development courses. 

Evaluation of SRSLY Stockbridge and SRSLY Dexter

Sponsor: The SRSLY program
Principal Investigator: Dr. Brad Watts
Mar. 1, 2017, to Feb. 28, 2018

The Evaluation Center is conducting an assessment of the SRSLY program at two sites in Michigan. The SRSLY program is intended to reduce drug and alcohol use and risk factors for teenagers through a series of interactive programs and ongoing activities targeting high school students. The evaluation will examine participation and satisfaction with the programming, as well as a series of school and community-level outcomes related to substance abuse and protective factors that are found to reduce drug abuse.

Mount Sinai Journal of Medicine: Methadone Symposium

Sponsor: The Evaluation Center
Principal Investigator: Dr. Herman Joseph (guest editor) and Dr. Stephen Magura
May 1, 2012, to Aug. 20, 2020

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

TOOlbox Impact evaluation

Sponsor: Michigan State University
Principal Investigator: Dr. Brad Watts
Mar 1, 2017, to Aug. 31, 2017

This evaluation looks at change in outcome measures and reported behavioral changes for participants in the Toolbox Dialog Initiative, an NSF-supported activity hosted by MSU, which has a goal of fostering collaboration amongst cross-disciplinary researchers. 

WMU Upward Bound Evaluation

Sponsor: U.S. Department of Education and WMU Division of Multicultural Affairs
Principal Investigator: Miranda Lee
June 1, 2012, to May 31, 2017

Evaluation of Western Michigan University’s Upward Bound Program.