Want to do some of the evaluation yourself, but still have that external perspective? KPC can consult with you to create a strategy that allows your team to build its evaluation capacity without taking on the entire evaluation yourself.
KPC has received several recent requests from potential clients who are interested in building their internal evaluation capacity, but who also want or need some external guidance. The San Diego Imperial Valley TARP (SDIV TARP) is one such example.
The SDIV TARP is a collaborative of six universities and community colleges who host a total of nine Upward Bound programs. With funding from the United States Department of Education, KPC was originally contracted in 2013 to analyze the Annual Performance Report data from across member programs and to consult on the adaptation of instruments from the Educational Longitudinal Study. Analyses to date have compared the results from the member sites to national data to help document the particular strengths of UB students. Current efforts are focused on identifying key programmatic characteristics across and between sites. These data will be integrated into future analyses, with the hope that we can begin to uncover the relation between key programmatic components and differential student success.
Within the last year, the scope of work has evolved to include a blend of evaluation capacity building across the program and at each individual institution. These efforts are made possible, in large part, though a collaboration between Dr. Peterman and Leanne Jacobson Teiper, a San Diego-based colleague. Together we are exploring the use of different data visualization techniques, such as the use of infographics and Tableau; the use of data dashboard reports; and ways that data collection can be streamlined and systematized across member sites.
Beginning in 2015 KPC plans to lead a number of workshops that are designed to build each team’s internal capacity to analyze and report evaluation data. We expect that the collaboration between KPC and SDIV TARP will continue to evolve over the coming years, as we strive to continue serving members’ evaluation needs with an eye toward identifying key practices across programs and innovative reporting techniques for sharing results.