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Program Evaluation

Gibson works closely with school districts and state education agencies (SEAs) on the design, implementation, and execution of program evaluation projects that assess the effectiveness of education initiatives and grant programs. Researchers at Gibson employ quantitative and qualitative research methods to help inform policymakers, stakeholders, and district leaderships’ decisions regarding the best strategies for improving student achievement in their respective jurisdictions.

Gibson helps their clients identify appropriate research questions and methodological approaches to provide school districts and SEAs with an objective review of their education programs, Formative approaches can be used to provide feedback and actionable research findings at an early stage in a program’s implementation, allowing for mid-course corrections and other substantive programmatic improvements. Summative approaches investigate the impact of a program on targeted outcomes, such as improved student test scores or grade promotion rates. Gibson staff are experienced in both types of research design, and commonly employ evaluation designs that incorporate both formative and summative assessments.

Gibson utilizes a wide variety of research methods (e.g., surveys, in-depth interviews, focus groups, classroom observations) and analyses (e.g., descriptive and multivariate analyses of student-, campus-, and district-level data, cost-effectiveness analysis) to help the client better understand the impact that their programs have on students and teachers. With Gibson’s unique ability to also evaluate cost-effectiveness, our firms’ experts assist school districts and SEAs in determining not only whether a program has an intended impact, but also whether a program is a sound financial investment.

Recent evaluation reports by Gibson have been utilized by Texas policymakers to make decisions related to Texas high school completion and success initiatives, and teacher training academies. Gibson’s report on the K-3 Reading and Math Academies won the National Staff Development Council's Best Evaluation of Staff Development Award, and helped to inform policymakers as they developed the Texas Adolescent Literacy Academies during the 80th Legislative Session. Gibson can help provide you with information necessary to make data-driven decisions related to key education initiatives at the state, district, or campus level through:
  • Rigorous research design and varied data collection methodologies
  • Appropriate descriptive and inferential statistical analyses
  • Delivery of clear and concise reports with understandable take-away messages and actionable recommendations
  • Superior ongoing communication and support throughout the course of the evaluation project
  • Effective analysis of campus- and student-level data and presentation of results

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