Research and Evaluation

Multi-dimensional research and evaluation

Quantitative, qualitative and mixed-methods designs and instruments

Research and evaluation studies inform all aspects of our work. We conduct studies on educational materials we develop, teacher professional development programs, community collaborations, and science education conferences we plan and host. For some studies we partner with external evaluators, who provide additional expertise and an impartial point of view. We also conduct studies for others and provide consulting services in any of our areas of expertise.

Our team is experienced in:

  • Developing and using logic models to guide research and evaluation designs
  • Designing studies using quantitative, qualitative or mixed-methods designs
  • Conducting randomized controlled trials for studying the effectiveness of educational materials and programs
  • Planning and conducting formative, process and outcome evaluations
  • Identifying and/or developing instruments for collecting quantitative and qualitative data
  • Developing and testing assessment items
  • Writing applications and consent documents for Institutional Review Boards and school district research committees
  • Analyzing qualitative and quantitative data
  • Writing scholarly articles and evaluation reports

Current research studies:

  • Use randomized controlled trials to compare the effectiveness for student learning of GSLC curricula versus other materials teachers use in their classrooms
  • Explore teacher learning through participation in professional development programs
  • Elucidate supports and barriers to teachers implementing the content and instructional strategies that they learn in professional development programs
  • Explore the ways in which teachers around the world utilize GSLC curricula
  • Identify the supports and barriers to community-university-health department collaborations