Two recent studies have found conflicting conclusions on whether the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) is pressuring educators in struggling schools to focus on students who fall just below the passing threshold on state tests (i.e. bubble kids) at the expense of students at the high and low end of the achievement spectrum.
November 13, 2007 - 9:11am
October 26, 2007 - 2:20pm
SAMHSA, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration -- a division of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services -- has developed National Outcomes Measures for all of its grantees. They are laid out in a clear grid by domain, similar to what a logic model might look like if you tried to model all prevention and treatment programs in one document.
October 16, 2007 - 2:16pm
On a more personal note.... Like everyone we know, disappointment is something we at the Improve Group occasionally face. These disappointments can vary from wishing the results of an evaluation had more positive findings to wishing we were selected for a project.
September 27, 2007 - 11:17am
Welcome to the second installation of the Research Tidbits series!
August 30, 2007 - 2:44pm
Evaluation deals with public information and involves the engagement of many different communities. When our work requires we access these communities , we have the responsibility to be professional, use valid methods and share current information. To assist in this effort the American Evaluation Association developed the Guiding Principles for Evaluators to provide an ethical framework within which evaluators should provide services to the public.
August 29, 2007 - 3:14pm
Welcome to Research Tidbits, a new monthly feature on the Inside Groove blog. Research Tidbits will highlight useful tips we’ve learned through the years at the Improve Group.
July 19, 2007 - 9:44am
The Improve Group has used secondary analysis in conducting quantitative analysis. Like focus groups and interviews, secondary analysis contributes to a comprehensive, in-depth understanding about the issues facing an organization and their participants. So, the Improve Group calls you to participate in secondary analysis– what exactly are you getting yourself into? What is secondary analysis?
July 2, 2007 - 11:33am
Improve Group staff are devoted to using evaluation to improve outcomes, so conducting a test presentation of our new workshop series seemed natural. On June 14th, 2007 we gave a pilot run of How Do I Know That: Creating tools to understand program outcomes and Inside Knowledge, Outside Perspective: Evaluating your organization form within.