Expanding Pathways in Computing (EPIC)

STEM Evaluation Services
 

The EPIC STEM Evaluation Services can help you assess and strengthen your program. We provide rigorous, high quality research and evaluation services that are customized to best serve your project's unique needs. Our team has extensive experience designing and conducting STEM education-related research and evaluations with a wide variety of clients, including PreK-12 school systems, higher education, non-profit organizations, corporations, and government agencies. Below are examples of service packages we can customize to measure and enhance your project's development, implementation, outcomes, and impact.

Team

  • Lisa Garbrecht, Director of Evaluation Services
  • Jayce Warner, Research Associate
  • Stephanie Baker, Research Associate
  • Nicole Martin, Research Associate
  • Graduate Research Assistants

Schools and School Districts:

  • Needs assessment and asset map development to identify strengths, resources, and opportunities for improvement
  • Strategic planning to identify where you are now, where you want to go, and how to get there
  • Collection of quantitative and qualitative data to assess what's working and why or why not
  • Longitudinal evaluation and analysis of academic data to assess your STEM program's implementation and outcomes on students over time

Research Projects:

  • Evaluation plan and logic model development for grant proposals
  • External reviews of research and convening of Independent Review Panel with content experts
  • Formative and summative evaluations that provide real-time data for program improvement and report on program outcomes and broader impacts for funders
  • Dissemination of findings in journal articles and professional conference presentations

Education, Outreach and Professional Development Programs:

  • Evaluation plan and logic model development for guiding program development and proposals
  • Streamlined survey design and administration to seamlessly collect data from your participants
  • Development of protocol for and conducting interviews, focus groups, and observations to gain a deeper understanding of your program's processes and results
  • Formative and summative evaluations that provide real-time data for program improvement and report on program outcomes and broader impacts for funders

Menu of Services:

  • Formative and summative evaluation design and implementation
  • Rigorous research design and assessment
  • Strategic planning
  • Needs assessment
  • Logic model development
  • Development of evaluation sections for grant proposals
  • Quantitative and qualitative data collection tool development
  • Survey design and administration
  • Observation facilitation
  • Focus group facilitation
  • Key stakeholder interview facilitation
  • Document and data review and assessment
  • Independent Review Panel convening and facilitation
  • Database development and data management
  • Statistical analysis of large data sets, such as statewide data in the Texas Education Research Center
  • Content analyses of qualitative data
  • Report development and presentation
  • Evaluation-related training and capacity building

Our evaluation approach is highly participatory in order to provide meaningful, actionable information. We collaborate with school administrators, project managers, staff, and key stakeholders to help shape the evaluation, inform data collection methods, and effectively use findings for program improvement.

Please contact Dr. Lisa Garbrecht at lgarbrecht@tacc.utexas.edu to discuss how we can meet your evaluation and research needs.