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Research & Evaluation Services

Our team has expertise in a wide range of research and evaluation services, including literature reviews, formative and summative program evaluations, experimental and quasi-experimental studies, and others that we use to find solutions for our partners. Discover more about our services below.

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  1. Comprehensive literature reviews

    Study review against What Works Clearinghouse (WWC) and Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) evidence standards

    With researchers certified as WWC reviewers, Marzano Research conducts rigorous reviews of education studies. Our work can help organizations verify the results of studies conducted internally, guide policy makers and practitioners through examples of improvement activities that are allowable under ESSA, and support schools and districts in using research-based interventions.
  2. Consultation on evaluation systems for teacher and leader effectiveness and school accountability

    Research and thought partnership to develop and implement research designs to address critical problems of practice

    Providing information about evidence starts a process toward using that evidence in decision making. We work with education organizations to help them use, interpret, and apply research, as well as develop and implement research to gather evidence on projects in their local contexts.
  3. Creation of logic models and performance indicators

    Formative and summative program evaluation

    We conduct formative and summative evaluation of programs and can support your work from initial project design through implementation. Our evaluation services include developing theory of change and logic models to guide projects, designing an evaluation plan that is both rigorous and relevant to practitioner needs, gathering ongoing feedback to inform program improvements and implementation, and measuring a project’s level of success against program outcomes.
  4. Development of evaluation plans for grant proposals

    Comprehensive literature review

    We follow a five-step process to systematically review available literature on the impact of policy and instructionally relevant interventions.
  5. Formative and summative program evaluation

    Creation of logic models and performance indicators

    We work with stakeholders to develop logic models for their programs or interventions. This work includes identification of program inputs, outputs, and short- and long-term intended outcomes. Logic models can be used for strategic program planning, to inform program evaluation, and to help stakeholders identify the theory of change for their programs, and are frequently required for federal grant applications.
  6. Implementation of experimental and quasi-experimental designs

    Development of evaluation plans for grant proposals

    We work with state and local education agencies to create evaluation plans for grant proposals. We work with our partners to address evaluation questions of importance to them, while ensuring that funder requirements are included and reported. Examples of funder requirements include Government Performance Results Act (GPRA) performance measures, conditions for reporting specific data on specific timelines, and terms for data management and sharing.
  7. Qualitative and quantitative data collection and analysis

    Experimental and quasi-experimental studies

    We conduct randomized controlled trials as well as studies using quasi-experimental designs that are designed to meet WWC Standards.