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Current Projects

We go beyond our technical skills as researchers and methodologists and work to truly understand your specific needs. With that in mind, our studies provide the necessary data and recommendations that drive change, efficiency and improvements. Explore our list of current projects to see what Hezel Associates' experts have been working on.

 

Suffolk County Community College (SCCC) NSF ATE Evaluation (2015-2018)

Suffolk County Community College (www.sunysuffolk.edu; SCCC) is implementing an Advanced Technical Education (ATE)-funded effort to advance New York State’s ongoing investment in sustainable energy industry growth, addressing the consequent need for skilled workers at entry, intermediate, and advanced levels on Long Island. Hezel Associates was hired by SCCC to conduct an implementation and impact evaluation of The Leading Innovation through Green High-Tech Engineering, Sustainability & Security (LIGHTES^2) program. Hezel Associates researchers will adhere to evaluation guidelines of ATE-funded programs set forth by the National Science Foundation (NSF).

Hezel Associates’ comprehensive evaluation plan integrates (a) monitoring implementation of proposed project activities; (b) feedback to inform project improvement (formative evaluation); and (c) assessment of the effectiveness of the project, in terms of achieving its goals and contributing to the body of STEM content and knowledge-building practices (summative evaluation). Hezel Associates will provide an independent external evaluation to support all three purposes and generate findings from which judgments can be made regarding further investment in understanding sustainable energy curricula. A mixed methods approach to assess both implementation and impact will be utilized by Hezel Associates researchers, using methods specifically designed for SCCC, including: annual interviews with project staff regarding implementation, an annual review of project documentation, an annual questionnaire to assess outcomes of educators participating in the Summer Workshops, and an annual participant questionnaire to determine their perceptions of the program. Hezel researchers will analyze quantitative and qualitative data to support findings, and provide SCCC with evidence-based recommendations to continually improve LIGHTES^2 in the form of annual data summaries.

 

Alpena Community College USDOL TAACCCT (Round 4) Evaluation (2015-2018)

In fall 2014, the USDOL awarded Alpena Community College (ACC; discover.alpenacc.edu) in Michigan a Round 4 TAACCCT grant. Starting in June 2015, the college engaged Hezel Associates as the external Alpenaevaluator for the four-year project focusing on four STEM programs: aerospace, cybersecurity, green energy/smart grid, and advanced manufacturing. Hezel Associates is conducting all evaluation activities associated with the grant, as required by the USDOL, addressing the development, implementation, and impact of the grant activities.

Hezel Associates is using a concurrent embedded mixed-methods study in order to answer the research questions. Hezel Associates researchers gather data using annual reviews of program documentation; interviews with key program staff and industry partners/stakeholders; focus groups and a questionnaire with program participants; and review of extant data prepared by the college and external data sources. In order to assess the impact of the project on performance measures, Hezel Associates is using a quasi-experimental, matched participant design using propensity score matching to identify a comparison group for the programs of study. The Project Director and other stakeholders benefit from a formative and summative evaluation, including recommendations, supplied through three interim reports and one final report, to be delivered in September 2018.

 

Delaware Technical Community College TAACCCT (Round 4) Evaluation (2014-2018)

Delaware Technical Community College (DTCC; www.dtcc.edu) consists of four campuses across the state of Delaware and has a history of U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL) Trade Adjustment Assistance Community DTCCCollege Career Training (TAACCCT) grant wins for Rounds 1 through 3. In fall 2014, the USDOL awarded DTCC a Round 4 TAACCCT grant. Starting in January 2015, Hezel Associates was engaged as the external evaluator for the entire four-year project focusing on two DTCC programs: the Trane Heating, Ventilating, and Air Conditioning Controls Center of Excellence Program and the Patient Care Technician Program. Hezel Associates conducts all evaluation activities associated with the grant, as required by the USDOL, addressing the development, implementation, and impact of the grant activities.

Hezel Associates is conducting a concurrent embedded mixed-methods study in order to answer the research questions. Hezel Associates researchers gather data using annual reviews of program documentation; interviews with key program staff, industry partners/stakeholders, and program participants; and review of extant data prepared by the college and state DOL. In order to assess the impact of the project on performance measures, Hezel Associates is using a quasi-experimental, matched participant design using propensity score matching to identify a comparison group for the programs of study. The Project Director and other stakeholders benefit from a formative and summative evaluation, including recommendations, supplied through three interim reports and one final report, to be delivered in September 2018.

 

NHTI-Concord's Community College TAACCCT (Round 4) Evaluation (2014-2018)

NHTI, Concord’s Community College in New Hampshire (www.nhti.edu), has NHTIdeveloped the Growing the Economy through Information Technology (GET IT) program through a Department of Labor grant. This program, funded by the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) program, is intended to create new facilities and delivery options for information technology programs, ultimately expanding the capacity of these associate degree and certificate programs. The project began in late 2014 and will continue until fall 2018.

To assess the implementation and impact the GET IT program has on students, NHTI hired Hezel Associates as their third party evaluator. Using a mixed methods design, Hezel Associates researchers are examining specific research questions regarding how and with what quality the program was implemented, as well as what student outcomes were attained, in terms of employment and wage changes. Data are being collected via reviews of program documents, telephone interviews with program staff and affiliated local employers, and a student questionnaire; and both qualitative and quantitative analysis methods are being used. In addition, Hezel Associates will investigate student outcomes by gathering employment and wage data of participants and a pre-defined comparison group. These data will be analyzed in later years of the project using Propensity Score Matching (PSM) and multilevel linear modeling.

Formative feedback, in the form of brief memos and annual reports authored by researchers, will allow NHTI to be continually informed of their progress toward project milestones and to quickly identify any challenges revealed by the evaluation. The evaluation and the associated feedback will assist project staff in making informed programmatic improvements.

 

Manchester Community College TAACCCT (Round 4) Evaluation (2014-2018)

Manchester Community College (www.manchestercc.edu; MCC) is spearheading a Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT)-funded effort to implement multiple Manchesteradvanced manufacturing programs throughout Connecticut’s community college system. Hezel Associates was hired by MCC to conduct an implementation and impact evaluation of the Connecticut Advanced Manufacturing Initiative (CAMI). Hezel researchers will adhere to evaluation guidelines of TAACCCT-funded programs set forth by the United States Department of Labor (USDOL).

Hezel Associates researchers will use a quasi-experimental, matched participant design with a comparison cohort in order to fully understand the impact of the program activities on the desired educational and career outcomes. A mixed-methods approach will address implementation and intermediate student outcomes of CAMI programs by collecting data from multiple sources. Evaluation data for both implementation and impact will be collected by Hezel researchers using methods specifically designed for MCC, including program document review; interviews and focus groups with CAMI students; interviews of CAMI staff; interviews of employer and industry partners; student questionnaires; student dropout interviews; and retrieval of student outcome data, such as employment and wage data. Hezel researchers will analyze qualitative data to support quantitative findings, and provide MCC and partner colleges with evidence-based recommendations to continually improve CAMI. Hezel Associates’ annual reports will provide formative feedback to program staff that assists them in making informed programmatic improvements.

 

Montgomery College TAACCCT (Round 4) Evaluation (2014-2018)

Montgomery College (www.montgomerycollege.edu) was awarded a U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL) Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) grant to implement the Cyber Technology montgomeryPathways Across Maryland (CPAM) program. This program represents the first statewide coordinated partnership of Maryland’s community colleges to offer cyber security training to TAA-impacted workers, veterans, the un- and underemployed, and other low-skilled adults, including women and minorities, who are underrepresented in the field. To assess the implementation quality and the intermediate student outcomes of the CPAM program, Montgomery College has partnered with Hezel Associates to perform a third party external evaluation. To accomplish this, The Hezel team designed a mixed methods study to support a rigorous formative and summative evaluation.

In this approach, qualitative data are used to further explain and elaborate upon the quantitative data, thus providing a solid understanding of the CPAM project’s progress in relationship to the strategies and goals outlined in the proposal to USDOL. Evaluation data for both implementation and impact will be collected using methods specifically designed for this study, including (a) program document review; (b) interviews of CPAM staff, CPAM faculty, and associated employers; (c) student questionnaires; (d) student focus groups; and (e) retrieval of student outcome data, such as employment and wage data. Data from each data collection method will be analyzed separately, then summarized, compared, and synthesized to answer evaluation questions related to implementation and impact. Hezel Associates will provide all required reporting to CPAM staff, including Interim and Final Evaluation Reports. The Interim and end-of-year evaluation reports provide formative feedback to program staff to assist them in making informed programmatic improvements, while the Final report will summarize methodologies and findings across all four years of the grant specifically addressing the impact of the CPAM program.

 

Onondaga Community College TAACCCT (Round 4) Evaluation (2014-2018)

Onondaga Community College (OCC) (www.sunyocc.edu) was awarded a Round 4 United States Department of Labor (US DOL) Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College Career Training (TAACCCT) OCCgrant in September 2014. The Round 4 TAACCCT project is designed to train individuals to gain employment in high-skill, high-wage careers in Agribusiness and Food Industry sectors. Hezel Associates is partnering with OCC to conduct a third-party evaluation of the quality and fidelity of the implementation as well as the impact of the project on participants.

Hezel Associates will apply a mixed methods study design in the implementation and impact evaluation. The implementation evaluation will contribute to formative feedback by analyzing processes applied, assessing operational strengths and weaknesses, and making recommendations regarding how implementation might be improved to increase net impact for participants. Data required to provide this feedback will be collected through reviews of program documentation and deliverables, interviews of program staff and faculty, interviews of employers and industry stakeholders, focus groups of program participants, and an annual longitudinal participant questionnaire. The assessment of the impact of grant-funded activities on participants will apply a quasi-experimental design using matched participant and comparison groups identified through a propensity score adjustment. The impact analysis will be conducted in order to assess educational and employment outcomes of interest.

SUNY OCC Announcement: http://www.sunyocc.edu/news.aspx?keyword=Headlines&id=34497

 

Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville (SIUE) - NSF ITEST Evaluation (2014-2017)

Under a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant sponsored by The STEM Learning and Research (STELAR) Center (www.stelar.edc.org), Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (www.siue.edu) is implementing the Innovative Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers (ITEST) titled Digital East St. Louis.  SIUESIUE and partners will develop and test a model for urban place-based learning aimed to motivate and help prepare minority middle-grade students to pursue STEM education and career pathways. The three-year program contains both research (effectiveness of the learning model) and evaluation (performance of NSF-funded activities) components. DESL staff will develop a coordinated series of learning activities designed to increase students’ interest in digital humanities, STEM educational pathways, and computer technology. Hezel Associates was contracted to assist with and build the research capacity of DESL as well as conduct an external evaluation to monitor implementation; provide formative feedback for project improvements; and assess the effectiveness of the project in terms of achieving its goals, and contributing to the body of knowledge on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education.

Hezel Associates’ evaluation will assess project progress toward completion, inform the improvement of both project implementation and the learning model being developed, and assess preliminary effectiveness of the learning innovation and its implementation. Data will be collected through internal project activities, including process and product quality assurance documentation, student and parent feedback, DESL observations, output assessments, and interviews with DESL program staff.

Through this evaluation Hezel Associates will be able to identify the level of successes of the DESL project. The research plan is designed to measure the effect of the DESL innovative learning model on students, and build the capacity of SIUE to sustain research protocol. The evaluation plan and analysis is designed to measure the extent of the quality of project activities, the extent to which the outcomes of the activities meet expectations, and the effectiveness of new materials.

 

College of Mount Saint Vincent NSF Noyce Teacher Scholarship Evaluation (2014-2018)

The College of Mount Saint Vincent (www.mountsaintvincent.edu) is a private 4-year institutionCMSV of higher education located in the Bronx, New York. In July 2013, the National Science Foundation awarded the College of Mount Saint Vincent the Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship grant. The program will provide scholarships and support for students majoring in science, technology, engineering, and math who are interested in becoming teachers in New York’s high-need school districts. Hezel Associates began serving as external evaluator in January 2014 and will continue over the five-year grant period.

Throughout this engagement Hezel Associates will measure implementation and impact of program strategies on increasing the number of effective STEM teachers. Specifically, this project will assess the extent and quality of implementation; increases in undergraduate math and science majors pursuing teaching careers and completing the teacher certification program; and the effectiveness of those graduates in terms of teaching practices and increased K-12 student learning. Hezel Associates will be using a combination of document review and both survey and extant data analysis in order to perform this evaluation. Throughout this five-year grant period, Hezel Associates aims to provide regular assessments of program activities allowing CMSV to identify program successes and short-comings in order to maximize benefits to program participants.

 

Syracuse City School District (SCSD) 21st CCLC Evaluation (2013-2018)

The Syracuse City School District (SCSD) (www.syracusecityschools.com) has received a 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) grant to implement out-of-school-time programs in three SCSDcity schools: Huntington K-8, Lincoln Middle School, and H.W. Smith K-8. The program focuses on providing project-based academics, enrichment, youth development, and literacy services to Syracuse students and their families. SCSD has contracted with Hezel Associates to conduct an external evaluation of this project.

Hezel Associates researchers will collaborate with SCSD 21st CCLC staff to collect and analyze data related to program implementation and student outcomes, including surveys of students and parents. Evaluation activities will provide formative feedback to improve project implementation over the course of the multi-year grant as well as support and guidance in meeting state and federal grant reporting requirements.