Implementation Evaluation

SRI's education researchers conduct implementation evaluations of education programs and policies to understand how and why they are or are not achieving desired effects. Researchers document how goals and plans play out in different geographic, social, and policy contexts. We identify factors that enable and hinder program and policy implementation efforts, and provide timely feedback so that our clients can be more successful.

Projects

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SRI is evaluating NGC projects funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to understand the technology features and implementation practices that achieve positive educational impacts at scale.

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This is a study of a multiyear effort to ensure that the California State University teacher preparation programs are producing the teachers California K–12 school districts will need as they complete their transition to new standards.

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SRI is studying the implementation and impact of three IDEA Public Schools initiatives designed to individualize learning, funded by the federal Race to the Top-District grant.

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SRI is conducting a three-year evaluation of the Education Connections online professional development program for middle and high school teachers of English learner students in two districts. The evaluation includes an impact study on student outcomes using a cluster randomized controlled trial.

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SRI is studying the implementation and early outcomes of a new educator evaluation system in Massachusetts designed to improve educator quality and student achievement.

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SRI is studying the implementation and outcomes of one Massachusetts district’s performance-based compensation system funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Teacher Incentive Fund grant.

SRI’s evaluation of the California Community College Linked Learning Initiative addresses implementation and institutional and student outcomes of work by three community colleges and partnering K–12 districts to promote seamless transitions and postsecondary success for Linked Learning high school...

high school students writing at desks in a classroom

Classroom Trials examines teachers’ use of writing software to support writing instruction in classroom settings. The project seeks to identify best practices that combine teachers’ “wisdom of practice” and models of productive writing instruction that capitalize on the capabilities of writing...

teacher talking to students in a classroom

In this four-year evaluation of ConnectEd’s federally funded Investing in Innovation (i3) grant, SRI is using a quasi-experimental design to assess the implementation and impact of the Linked Learning approach on students’ cognitive and noncognitive outcomes.

group of teachers talking together

SRI’s four-year evaluation of the New Teacher Center’s (NTC’s) i3 validation grant combines cluster randomized controlled trials at two study sites and a difference-in-differences approach at the third site to assess the implementation and impact of NTC’s intensive new teacher mentoring and support.

SRI In the News

UBS, the World Economic Forum, and research partner SRI have announced a major two-year education study to determine the benefits of the Davos Challenge program to advance educational opportunities for children in Africa.

The Gates Foundation, one of Khan’s biggest funders, commissioned an SRI study on what works and what barriers exist to effective implementation.

Publications

Implementation and impact evaluation of the Rio Grande Valley Center for Teaching and Leading Excellence, an i3 development grant. The Center was a collaboration between IDEA Public Schools and Pharr-San Juan-Alamo Independent School District to strengthen human capital.

Implementation and impact evaluation of the Rio Grande Valley Center for Teaching and Leading Excellence, an i3 development grant. The Center was a collaboration between IDEA Public Schools and Pharr-San Juan-Alamo Independent School District to strengthen human capital.

This survey instrument was developed by SRI Education as part of the Research on the Use of Khan Academy in Schools project funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

This survey instrument was developed by SRI Education as part of the Research on the Use of Khan Academy in Schools project funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

This survey instrument was developed by SRI Education as part of the Research on the Use of Khan Academy in Schools project funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

For the Meeting Challenging Writing Standards in High-Need Schools evaluation, SRI conducted a randomized controlled trial to estimate the effects of the SEED professional development on teachers’ writing instruction and student argument writing across a national sample of elementary schools.

As technology increasingly influences—and ideally enhances—teaching and learning in K–12 classrooms, the field must consider how best to support teachers and schools in making this transition.

Ready Schools is a radical systems change effort to improve the academic, health, and social outcomes of historically underserved children in one of this country’s largest and most diverse communities, Miami-Dade County. This report presents Year 3 findings of SRI's evaluation.

In this paper, published in SPIE. Long-range audio signature acquisition and event detection are always a challenge using existing microphone arrays, which have a short detection range and therefore must be placed close to their targets.