Selected Projects

Our work centers on culturally responsive program evaluation within the pre-K - 12 educational system and the communities they serve. The featured projects on this page showcase our work with federal and state agencies, school districts, and community organizations and initiatives.

Wisconsin Minnesota Comprehensive Center for Region 10 (WMCC10)

Advancing the use of evidence-based practices to improve the academic achievement of elementary and secondary school students in the two-state region. The WMCC10 team has extensive experience working with the Wisconsin Department of Instruction (DPI), Minnesota Department of Education (MDE), regional education support organizations, professional associations, and school districts to translate research into practical applications.

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Serve Wisconsin AmeriCorps

Department of Human Services

Technical assistance, training, and capacity-building for Serve Wisconsin (the state commission for AmeriCorps), AmeriCorps applicants, and grantees related to culturally responsive evaluation, evidence, and logic modeling.

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SNAP-Ed Collective Action Initiative

Department of Human Services

Technical assistance and consultation to to state and local SNAP-Ed partners around building evaluation and project management capacity of SNAP-Ed projects statewide.

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Academic and Career Planning

Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction

Longitudinal (5+ years), mixed methods evaluation of Academic and Career Planning (ACP), services required for all Wisconsin students in grades 6-12.

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Achievement Gap Reduction

Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction

Multi-year, mixed methods evaluation of state legislation that provides reduced class sizes, 1-to-1 tutoring, and instructional coaching in grades K-3 at schools with significant populations of low-income students. WEC is evaluating AGR's impacts on academic outcomes and analyzing educator perspectives on the program's benefits.

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Farm to School

Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction

Multi-year evaluation of a program that seeks to improve student nutrition through educational activities, connections to local farms, and promoting local foods, examining the impacts on student attitudes and knowledge about healthy food.

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Pathways

Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction

Study determining considerations and conditions for continuing and scaling up Wisconsin's State-Endorsed Regional Career Pathways system, based on Wisconsin's 3-year pilot project for which WEC also completed an initial needs analysis to help the state acquire funding.

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Educator Development and Support

Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction

Technical assistance and program evaluation support for the design and implementation of the state Educator Effectiveness System, including mentoring and induction efforts, Title II professional learning, teacher leadership, teacher and leader evaluation guides, the state principal evaluation rubric, the Working on the Work professional learning series, and training module development. Findings inform changes to the System and the development of local and statewide supports.

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State Longitudinal Data Systems

Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction

Partnership with DPI and others at UW focused on improving access to and use of data for educational decisionmaking, building and improving tools for educators, and providing direct evaluation support to various DPI projects and district initiatives.

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Kenosha Unified School District Elementary Math Program Review

Evaluation and assessment of the district's math program across the district's 25 elementary schools, including curriculum, instructional practices and support, leadership, professional development, family engagement, equity, and inclusion.

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Madison Metropolitan School District and Boys and Girls Club of Dane County AVID/TOPS Program

Impact evaluation of AVID/TOPS, a partnership between MMSD and the BGCDC to reduce achievement gaps in middle school and high school, achievement, and, most importantly, in postsecondary enrollment and completion.

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Madison Metropolitan School District Community Schools

Long-time partnership providing technical assistance and evaluation support for multiple offices and initiatives in Madison Metropolitan School District, including writing and conducting both formative and summative evaluation plans.

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Milwaukee Public Schools Partnership Schools

Evaluation of a multi-faceted intervention in four low-performing and high-needs MPS schools involving several key supports: additional academic interventionists, social-emotional learning teachers and programming, expanded in-school tutoring and afterschool programming (provided by the Boys & Girls Club), and within-classroom direct instructional support provided by City Year.

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One City Schools

Five-year project examining One City Schools' principles, implementation, and goals that will help show whether One City Schools' model of early childhood education can close educational and health gaps. Key evaluation areas include staff training, parent and community engagement, and student academic outcomes.

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Milwaukee Public Schools Office of Advanced Academic Programs

Mixed-methods evaluations of two U.S. Department of Education grants that provide professional development to elementary school teachers in identifying and instructing advanced learners from traditionally underrepresented populations using inquiry-based and culturally responsive practices.

Email annalee.good@wisc.edu

Sparta School District

Evaluation of two Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) academic intervention grants received by the Sparta Area School District, which is eligible for these grants due to its significant share of military-affiliated students.

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Children's Hospital of Wisconsin

Evaluations of three projects: one with MPS (the Whole School, Whole Child, Whole Community school health model) and two with DPI (Mission Healthy Kids and the Act Now! bullying prevention program).

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College Possible Milwaukee

Partnership for an external, quantitative evaluation of a college preparatory program's impacts on postsecondary enrollment and persistence among two cohorts of students, continuing work begun by the Wisconsin HOPE Lab.

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EMMET Makerspace

External evaluation of a grant from the National Science Foundation to Northcentral Technical College and UW-Madison that focuses on a mobile makerspace in central Wisconsin.

Email annalee.good@wisc.edu

Northside Early Childhood Zone

Evaluation of a collective impact initiative in Madison to support families with children from birth to age 4 through overlapping social services, public health and education resources.

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Odyssey Junior

Program evaluation of the UW-Madison Odyssey Project's youth program, which supports children in self-discovery, self-expression, and literacy. The evaluation focused on identifying impacts of the program in its initial years of implementation. The team also worked with Odyssey Junior staff to build their internal evaluation capacity.

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United Way of Dane County Tutoring Programs

External mixed-methods evaluation support, capacity building, technical assistance, and grant writing support for tutoring programs funded through AmeriCorps that provide academic and social-emotional support to Dane County students both during the school day and after school.

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United Way of Greater Milwaukee and Waukesha County Community Schools

External evaluation of the Milwaukee Community School Partnership, which includes developing a community evaluation team as part of a sustainable evaluation model.

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Watertown Early Childhood Zone

Assistance to the Greater Watertown Community Health Foundation in developing indicators to monitor child well-being in Dodge and Jefferson counties, in conjunction with two school districts (Watertown and Dodgeland) and the two county health departments.

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