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Evaluation of Regional Workforce Development Initiative

IMPAQ evaluated a regionally based collaborative workforce development initiative, Design it-Build it-Ship it (DBS) in the East Bay of the San Francisco Bay Area, California. We studied the implementation of the grant activities, including the development and enhancement of career training programs at 11 community colleges and the development of industry-led workforce development clusters in advanced manufacturing, transportation and logistics, and biotechnology.

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.

Learning to Use Formative Assessment in Middle School Mathematics Using the Assessment Work Sampling Method (AWSM)

Funded by U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences, this three-year development project uses the Assessment Work Sample Method (AWSM) to provide teachers with authentic samples of mathematics formative assessment work and an interactive, hands-on experience to increase their understanding of formative assessment and improve their practice of formative assessment.

Howard County Public School System (HCPSS) Data System

IMPAQ International assisted Howard County Public School System (HCPSS) to review its data systems. HCPSS serves over 50,000 students and other stakeholders including students, parents, teachers, administrative staff, and government agencies. After interviewing district and school personnel, the IMPAQ team mapped high priority systems and determined the completeness, accuracy, and efficiency of the data they contained. This work culminated in recommendations for data governance to ensure procedural transparency, accountability, staff confidence, and strategic data use.

Scale Up and Sustainability

IMPAQ provided web-based data collection support to two Gates Foundation-funded projects for Research for Action and UCLA’s Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards, and Student Testing (CRESST).  These surveys examined the usage, sustainability and scalability of the Literacy Design Collaborative and Math Design Collaborative (LDC/MDC) initiatives. The national sample consisted of approximately 5,200 teachers, principals, and administrators.

Evaluation of the Reading Apprenticeship: Writing Connections Study

As a subcontractor for WestEd, IMPAQ conducted a randomized controlled trial (RCT) to evaluate the Reading Apprenticeship: Writing Connections (RAWC) program for the U.S. Department of Education. We examined the first year of RAWC in middle schools in two of the four RAWC states: Indiana and Pennsylvania. 

We also investigated its overall implementation in the 2014-2015 and 2015-2016 school years. Our work included collecting and analyzing teacher feedback on RAWC professional development and implementing Reading Apprenticeship.   

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