October 29, 2013
IMPAQ International announced this week that it has been awarded a $7.8 million, five year contract by the U.S. Department of Education to conduct an evaluation of the Comprehensive Technical Assistance Centers (Comprehensive Centers) established under the "Comprehensive Centers Program."
According to the Department of Education, the Comprehensive Centers Program, authorized by Title II of the Educational Technical Assistance Act of 2002, is a discretionary grant program creating 22 technical assistance centers across the United States.
"The main purpose of comprehensive centers is to help State Education Agencies (SEAs) build their capacity to implement State-level initiatives, and to support district and school-level initiatives that improve educational outcomes for all students," said Dr. Cheri Fancsali, IMPAQ's Managing Director of Education Research.
"For our part, IMPAQ’s Education Division will draw on our expertise in K-16 educational reforms and technical assistance efforts to evaluate the comprehensive centers over the next five years, providing both formative and summative feedback", added Fancsali.
The study, she noted, will achieve two objectives; first it will provide feedback to both the Department of Education and the centers so that they can adjust plans in a way that enhances the centers’ capacity and helps them meet their mandated goals. Second, it will provide information on the overall quality, relevance, usefulness and ultimately, the outcomes of the services provided by the Centers.
Fancsali indicated that of the 22 current centers, 15 are Regional Centers providing services primarily to SEAS. The remaining seven are Content Centers, providing Regional Centers and the States with in-depth knowledge, research, expertise, and analyses in areas ranging from college and career readiness to enhancing early learning outcomes.
Sharon Benus, IMPAQ's President and CEO, greeted the contract award as a further opportunity for IMPAQ to improve the lives of youth and their families by enhancing the quality of, and access to education.
"Our company sincerely believes that an investment in knowledge does pay the best interest, and we are proud to be working with the Department of Education on this major investment in the future of our children."
About IMPAQ International
IMPAQ International is a public policy research firm specializing in designing and implementing rigorous research studies and evaluations of government programs and demonstrations. IMPAQ’s mission is to provide exemplary research and consulting services to its domestic and international clients through the use of impact evaluation studies, applied research, policy analysis, quantitative and qualitative data analysis, and technical assistance.