Concurrent Session #71 (Tuesday, July 22, 2014)
Recently, the U.S. Department of Education encouraged GEAR UP evaluators to employ more rigorous methods of evaluation, such as studies incorporating random assignment. This is a challenge, due to the structure of education systems in general, and GEAR UP programs in particular. Presenters will convey their experiences and thoughts on evaluating GEAR UP, with an emphasis on random assignment studies. Attendees will discuss their program structures and services, and help one another develop experimental designs using random assignment methods with input from panelists. All participants will gain an understanding of experimental design, challenges, suggestions, and examples of random assignment studies.
Keren Brooks, M.S., Chief Research Analyst, CoBro Consulting, San Diego, CA
Chrissy Tillery, Ed.D., Director of Evaluation, National Council for Community and Education Partnerships, Washington, DC
Kurt R. Burkum, Ph.D., Director, Policy Research, ACT, Iowa City, IA
Changhua Wang, Ed.D., Senior Program Advisor, Education Northwest, Portland, OR