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IDRA Evaluation Research

IDRA has established an impressive record of success as a reliable, efficient and cost-effective contractor in the field of evaluation and research.

Why Is IDRA’s Research-Based Evaluation Important?
Through IDRA’s research-based evaluation work, educators and other program implementers can document project outcomes using qualitative and quantitative methods and improve future activities by clarifying what works, for which students and under what conditions.

IDRA’s evaluation adheres to Program Evaluation Standards set by the Joint Committee of Standards for Educational Evaluation.

How can IDRA’s evaluation help my district?
IDRA’s evaluation can help you by informing district plans, assisting in reporting of planned and monitored instructional programs, and informing federal programs, state program evaluations, local evaluations, needs assessments and accountability plans.

IDRA uses state-of-the-art technology to support its evaluation research work.

What Programs Can IDRA Evaluate?

  • Chapter I Regular
  • Chapter I Migrant
  • Title III Bilingual
  • State Bilingual
  • Compensatory Education
  • Family English Literacy
  • Special Alternative Education
  • Parent Involvement Programs
  • TARGET
  • Smaller Learning Communities
  • Teacher Training and Retention
  • Vocational Education Programs
  • Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR-UP)
  • Teaching American History
  • Training Development and Improvement
  • Who have been IDRA clients?
  • School districts
  • Education service centers
  • Campuses
  • Colleges and universities
  • State education agencies
  • Federal programs
  • Among many others

For example: Several principals in an urban area were faced with the fact that, once again, their schools were low performing. They learned that IDRA has researched high minority, high poverty schools like theirs and translated the results to practical applications for schools. The principals worked with IDRA to improve their schools and meet requirements of the No Child Left Behind Act.

Evaluation Designs Are Tailored to District Needs
Evaluation research services include:

  • Evaluation Design and Planning
  • Customize the evaluation to client needs.
  • Instrument Selection and Development
  • Identify and/or create appropriate instruments to be used.
  • Data Collection (Document Review, Focus Group Interviews, Surveys)
  • Gather information from the various sources identified.
  • Data Processing
  • Systematically examine the data.
  • Data Analysis
  • Establish conclusions based on the accurate output.
  • Reporting Results (annual performance report, biennial evaluation report, end-of-project report); Presentation of Evaluation Findings; and Recommendations for Program Improvement
  • Generate a report with evaluation results that include providing recommendations and presenting the results to the client.
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