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Past Projects

Examples of past evaluation, research, and planning work conducted by Hezel Associates are shared on this page.

Syracuse University - Capacity Building to Review PhD in Science Teaching (2017)

Hezel Associates facilitated three discussions to help Syracuse University’s College of Arts and Sciences revise their PhD program in College Science Teaching. Integral to our approach was guiding discussions to help illuminate the PhD program’s strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats (SWOT).SyracuseUniversity

SWOT methodology was simply used as a framing for us to guide a discussion with Department staff. In part, the SWOT methodology was selected as it aligns with Hezel’s approach, that is, our jobs as consultants is to help guide – not dictate – how to clarify needs. Therefore, use of a series of facilitated discussions based on SWOT methodology positioned the Department to (a) showcase how the PhD program aligns with institutional-wide goals at the University and (b) suggest prospective solutions to improve collaborations across colleges.

Findings were presented in a 2x2 SWOT matrix and an informal, memo-style report. In addition, facilitators provided an in-person presentation of findings, which was action-oriented, and provided a review of collected data and materials discussed in the memo-style report. 

Le Moyne College Market Research Study (2017)

As part of its long term strategic planning, Le Moyne College (Le Moyne) was planning future academic offerings within its existing Purcell School of Professional Studies and College of Arts and Sciences. The college routinely seeks to grow and innovate its academic offerings within the Jesuit tradition. Because of location, pool of applicants, regional and local competition, regional labor market, as well as other market factors, Le Moyne seeks to assess those market conditions as they relate to seven specific new programs under consideration for launch during the 2018-2019 and 2019-2020 school years. To that end, Le Moyne seeks to define the current local market supply and demand as well as the competitive landscape across the broader Upstate New York and general Northeast market.Lemoyne2

Hezel Associates has expertise in conducting market studies for a variety of collegiate institutions, and has designed a three-stage approach to help Le Moyne achieve their goals. Stage 1 finalized the project design and launch the project with the Le Moyne staff and personnel. In addition, researchers conducted exploratory research through interviews with key program faculty for each new academic offering. Further, Hezel Associates conducted secondary research on the current competitive landscape and expected job market for those new academic offerings. For Stage 2 of the study, Hezel Associates surveyed currently enrolled Le Moyne students and alumni on their interest in the new program offerings at Le Moyne. Finally, Stage 3 included a survey of prospective students within New York State on their level of interest in these new program offerings, as well as what institution they might want to attend for these programs.

Community College of Rhode Island TAACCCT (Round 3) Evaluation (2014 - 2017)

Community College of Rhode Island Accelerated Pathways in Advanced Manufacturing Project (2014–2017) The Community College of Rhode Island (CCRI) was awarded a U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL) Round 3 Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) grant to implement its Accelerated Pathways in Advanced Manufacturing (APAM) program. This program used evidence-based strategies to create career pathways aimed at training adults in professional advanced manufacturing skills, as well as streamlined key student services to improve CCRIretention and completion. Activities include enhancement of existing and development of new Advanced Manufacturing programs; the restructuring of the college’s prior learning assessment system, and the building of local industry partnerships to increase institutional and statewide capacity.

To assess the implementation quality and the impact on participants of the APAM program, CCRI partnered with Hezel Associates to perform an external evaluation. To accomplish this, the Hezel team designed a concurrent embedded mixed methods study to support a rigorous formative and summative evaluation. This began with a comprehensive evaluation plan framework, submitted to USDOL; development of a logic model outlining the program’s activities and intended outcomes; and design of data collection instruments. Data collection, conducted throughout the 3-year project, consisted of continued program document review, annual interviews with program staff and key industry stakeholders, and a student questionnaire. Hezel Associates reported findings to CCRI in annual reports, as well as through frequent memos to inform program improvement.

The final evaluation report is available here. 

Delaware Technical Community College TAACCCT (Round 3) Evaluation (2014 - 2017)

Delaware Technical Community College (DTCC) is a 2-year institution of higher education consisting of four campuses across the state of Delaware. In September 2013, the U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL) awarded DTCC a Round 3 TAACCCT grant. The project focused on four programs of study: Electro Mechanical Manufacturing degree, Building Automation Systems degree, non-credit Food Sanitation Safety, and for-credit Food Safety. In addition to these programs of study, a general education remedial summer bridge program was developed and DTCC became recognized as a testing center for the National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC) and Certified Production Technician (CPT) exams.DTCC

DTCC partnered with Hezel Associates to conduct both a formative and summative evaluation of the implementation and impact of program strategies and performance measures. Hezel Associates designed a concurrent embedded mixed-methods study in order to answer eight research questions. Qualitative data collections included annual reviews of program documentation, interviews with key program staff, and interviews with key industry partners and stakeholders. Quantitative data collections included extant student perceptions data and participant data (program, employment, and wage data). In order to assess the impact of the project on performance measures, Hezel Associates used a quasi-experimental design. This study commenced June 2014 and concluded September 2017.

The final evaluation report is available here.

All Star Code Monitoring and Evaluation (2017)

All Star Code has implemented the Summer Intensive program which provides the opportunity for Black and Latino high school boys to acquire computer science knowledge and skills, build a professional network, and be part of a community that promotes professional and entrepreneurial success. Hezel Associates has partnered with All Star Code to provide monitoring and evaluation services and to assist in the development of a data management system. Hezel Associates aims to provide feedback to All Star Code and stakeholders regarding how the Summer Intensive program works, how it benefits students, and how the program model contributes to understanding broader impacts.

Hezel Associates is conducting a mixed methods evaluation of the program, which will include a review of program documents and records, interviews with All Star Code staff allstarcodeand tech industry partners, and pre/post-surveys of participants. Data from these sources, as well as extant data from All Star Code, will be analyzed separately and then synthesized to answer the evaluation questions regarding program implementation and participant outcomes. To help build All Star Code’s capacity for measuring long-term impact, Hezel Associates will also develop long-term impact surveys for implementation in 2018. Evaluation findings will be presented in two reports, one intended for community and stakeholder groups, and one intended for research audiences. As a result of the evaluation, All Star Code and stakeholders will have a better understanding of how the program works and the immediate outcomes for participants.