Program Evaluation

Evaluation is an essential component in driving evidence-based program improvements and in allowing funders and stakeholders to understand the true impact of investments. My evaluation approach takes advantage of both quantitative and qualitative methods to provide objective, actionable knowledge about program successes and challenges. Our approach to evaluation design and implementation is highly collaborative, ensuring that methods and results reflect program goals and are useful in informing program improvement.

Our program evaluation methodology services include:

  • Identification of key program goals and evaluation plan development in cooperation with the client.
  • Formative evaluation design to help inform program improvement
  • Summative evaluation approaches to objectively measure program outcomes and communicate results to external stakeholders
  • Qualitative evaluation techniques, including interviews and qualitative coding and analysis
  • Survey design, administration, data collection, and analysis
  • Quantitative data analysis, including descriptive statistics, inferential statistical techniques, and regression analyses

Project Examples

Massachusetts Non-Traditional Hours Child Care Study

BRC Partnered with Linda Mills Consulting to conduct a study of the need for non-traditional hours child care in Massachusetts for the Mass. Department of Early Education and Care (EEC). The study used a mixed-methods approach to investigate access to and need for child care outside of traditional work hours. The study involved focus groups and interviews with providers and a survey which was distributed to 2,000 parents throughout the state.

ELPASO Evaluation

Engaged Latino Parents Advancing School Outcomes (ELPASO) is a new grassroots imitative funded by the Community Foundation of Boulder County as part of its School Readiness Initiative. The program aims to empower the Latino community to drive school readiness outcomes for children throughout the county.

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