American Institutes for Research and SRI International. (2004). Technical Appendix: The National School District and Network Grants Program: Year 2 evaluation report. Washington, DC: Authors.
Like the National School District and Network Grants Program itself, the evaluation design attends to the multiple levels of the education system (districts, schools, classrooms). The evaluation employs a multilevel, mixed-method design to examine the work and progress of the initiative. This appendix begins with a description of the overall design of the evaluation, continues with detail on the data collection activities, and concludes with information on data analysis methods and results. Specifically, it discusses the grantee and school sampling plans, the characteristics of sites in the 2001-02 and 2002-03 school data collections, and the conceptual framework that guided instrument development and data analysis. It describes the school survey methods and data, the qualitative data collections, and the analysis activities and results.