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Research & Evaluation
 

What We Do

Services provided
Our evaluation team can provide a full range of evaluation services. Areas of concentration include (please hover over list below for definitions):
  • Research and Evaluation
  • Measurement and Survey Development
  • Interviews & Focus Groups
  • Best Practice Identification and Dissemination
  • School Improvement
  • Presentations and Reports of Formative and Summative Findings
  • Partnering on Grant Applications
In addition to providing a wide range of evaluation services, the DRE works in collaboration with community partners to respond to grant opportunities to advance teaching and learning. These collaborations can be initiated either by the Warner Center or the community partner, with either serving as the lead agency for the grant. The Warner Center has extensive experience in identifying promising grant opportunities, building successful collaborative partnerships, developing successful grant proposals and budgets, as well as grant management and evaluation that ensures project success. Since the Warner Center’s founding in 2001, more than $10 million has been awarded to Center projects, and the community impact has been enormous. Funders include the U.S. Department of Education, the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, and New York State Department of Education.


The value of conducting program evaluation
The use of program evaluation offers stakeholders the opportunity to better define their program objectives and procedures. More explicitly, it is a useful tool to better understand:
  • What are the experiences of program participants?;
  • If activities or services are happening as intended;
  • What improvements can be made to a program as it evolves?;
  • If there is a need to expand a program, consolidate program components, or replicate cost-effective components;
  • If there is a need to reallocate funding within the program, add to program funding, or reduce program funding;
  • If there is a need to streamline, refine, or redesign a program;
  • Which various factors are contributing or hindering program success?; and
  • Whether a program did what it was intended to do.
Program evaluation costs
The cost of an evaluation is contingent upon the scope and nature of the evaluation components. We are committed to working on programs and projects representing a wide-range of financial plans, and to providing cost effective evaluation designs that are both responsive to the evaluative needs of a given program, as well as suitable to its budget. Please contact us to set up a consultation.