Evaluation Services

Evaluation Services

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

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

Key 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

Univariate and multivariate analyses

Content analyses of qualitative data

Report development and presentation

Evaluation-related training and capacity building

Director of Evaluation Services

Lisa Garbrecht, Ph.D.

lgarbrecht@utexas.edu

Dr. Garbrecht is an educational psychologist with over 18 years of experience as an external evaluator and researcher on numerous education-related projects funded by national, state, and local organizations. She has particular expertise in designing formative and summative evaluation plans; developing, implementing, and analyzing data from quantitative and qualitative data collection methods; and, reporting detailed findings to inform future program efforts, share program outcomes and impacts to a variety of audiences, and for program application in other contexts. Dr. Garbrecht has taught in the Colleges of Education at the University of California, Irvine and at Arizona State University.