Evaluation of Mathematics and Science Initiatives

What influence do reform efforts in mathematics and science have on teaching, learning, and educational environments? Education Northwest’s research and evaluation services provide states, university-district partnerships, schools, and nonprofit organizations with information about the influence and impact of their initiatives. Evaluators bring a depth of knowledge and experience to the evaluation of projects focused on math, science, the environment, cutting-edge technology, and interdisciplinary studies that draw on multiple content areas. We are able to tailor methodologies to projects at different scales—from locally funded programs, to National Science Foundation (NSF) grants, to federally funded initiatives across states.

We also provide technical assistance to states, districts, and schools to develop K–12 student assessments, measure student outcomes, and provide professional development to educators. To accomplish this work, we combine expertise in measurement, content knowledge, and an understanding of new standards such as the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).

Examples of Recent Evaluations

  • Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement (MESA)
  • Math Science Partnerships
  • Montana Conservation Corps
  • NSF Robert Noyce Scholarships

Examples of Recent Technical Assistance

  • Math and science state assessment development in Guam and Palau
  • Professional development on NGSS in the Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands

What Clients Will Learn

We always customize our evaluations to match the scope of projects, needs, and budgets. In previous and ongoing evaluations we have collected and analyzed data on the:

  • Influence of projects on traditionally underserved or underrepresented populations
  • Quality of professional development, implementation, and ongoing support for change
  • Shifts in attitudes and dispositions of participants
  • Impact of projects

Format

Involving evaluators at the planning and proposal stage of projects enables us to cogenerate logic models or theories of action that map project activities to outcomes. We know that’s not always possible, though, so we also join ongoing projects to assist with data collection and analyses.