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Project

Technical Assistance to EMCF Grantees

Market
Education Practice Areas
Services
Implementation Services
Client
Edna McConnell Clark Foundation
Expertise
Technical Assistance
Technical Assistance to EMCF Grantees

Funded by Edna McConnell Clark Foundation (EMCF), IMPAQ worked with EMCF staff to develop a guidance document that provides a framework grantees can use to assess their current level and quality of evidence of effectiveness, design a rigorous evaluation plan that will meet their evaluation needs, and develop a strategic plan (e.g., 5 years out) that will ultimately result in the highest proof point and best evidence possible for that organization. In addition, IMPAQ worked EMCF grantees to conduct an assessment of their evaluation needs and to develop a strategy for evaluation, including a clearly articulated theory of action describing the core components of their program and connecting it explicitly to changes in important student outcomes; identification of short, medium and long term evaluation goals; an assessment of needs in terms of internal and external evaluation , tracking, and performance assessment capacity; plans for developing this capacity; an assessment of evaluation design options, including the pros, cons, requirements, and feasibility  of different potential evaluation plans; a specific evaluation plan/design document describing the core design for an evaluation, and an assessment  of specific short, medium, and long term evaluation options along with a recommended strategy.