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Project

The Evaluation of Pacific Communities with High-Performance in Literacy Development (Pacific CHILD)

Market
Education Practice Areas
Services
Program Evaluations
Research Services
Surveys & Data Collection
Implementation Services
Client
REL Pacific
Expertise
Impact Evaluation Studies
Survey Research and Data Collection
Quantitative Data Analysis
Process Evaluations and Qualitative Research
The Evaluation of Pacific Communities with High-Performance in Literacy Development (Pacific CHILD)

For REL Pacific at Pacific Resources for Education and Learning (PREL), IMPAQ* conducted this federally-funded, random assignment evaluation of Pacific CHILD, a teacher professional development program for fourth and fifth grade teachers in the Pacific region to improve their skills in teaching English Language learners in their classrooms. Using a cluster random-assignment design, the study assessed outcomes of teachers and students in 45 schools across Hawaii, American Samoa, and the Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands.  IMPAQ* served as an independent third-party evaluator and was responsible for all aspects of the study, including: the impact and implementation study designs and power analysis; development of data collection instruments; data collection (collection of student test and demographic records, teacher classroom observations, teacher surveys and knowledge assessments, principal surveys, observations of program activities, teacher focus groups, and staff interviews); and data analysis and reporting.   The study examined three types of outcomes:  1) teacher knowledge of effective instruction; 2) teacher instructional practices; and 3) student academic achievement.  IMPAQ* also monitored the fidelity of the intervention model by documenting the implementation of the Pacific CHILD and collecting data on treatment dosage.  IMPAQ* used the implementation and contextual data to aid interpreting findings on teacher and student outcomes, and to inform future program replication.

*IMPAQ attained this contract after the acquisition of Berkeley Policy Associates in 2013