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Past Projects

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

Evalumetrics Research Survey Analysis (2017)

Evalumetrics Research, a planning, research and evaluation consulting company, hired Hezel Associates to provide data analysis services for its most recent survey project. Evalumetrics regularly provides analysis and reporting for 11 school districts on a bi-annual survey of 6th, 8th, 10th, and 12th graders in a rural upstate New York county. The survey covers drugs, protective and risk factors, and school climate. Hezel Associates conducted analyses on these data, contributing to the prodution of the reports disseminated to the school districts. The completed analysis included 55 reports that included frequencies broken down by districts and across the county as a whole, as well as tabular and graphic representations of the data.

Rare Book School IMLS Evaluation (2015-2017)

Through funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Sciences, Rare Book School (RBS) implemented the Fellowships for Early-Career Librarians program, a fellowship program for librarians looking to gain specialized skills and knowledge regarding special collections. In February 2015, RBS contracted Hezel Associates to serve as the third-party evaluator to assess the implementation and impact of the program.RBS

Hezel Associates conducted a mixed methods evaluation to answer evaluation questions regarding implementation and impact of the program. Specifically, Hezel Associates evaluated the program through a review of program documentation and questionnaires administered to the fellows at the end of the program and one year after. Interviews with former RBS Fellows were conducted to inform development of these questionnaires. Questionnare data were collected from fellows in the two cohorts that participated in the program during the grant period. A longitudinal questionnaire was administered to the 2015 cohort one year after their program to assess long-term impact of the program. Hezel Associates delivered two interim reports during the project to provide formative feedback to RBS staff. A final, summartive report on the implementation and impact findings was delivered to RBS as the end of the project.

 

Montgomery County Community College TAACCCT (Round 2) Evaluation (2013 - 2016)

Montgomery County Community College (MC3) received funding through a U.S. Department Labor (DOL) TAACCCT Round 2 grant. MC3 was the leader of a community college consortium focused on creating a Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) website. The website aimed to standardize the E-portfolio process for community colleges across Pennsylvania. Also, the project team designed a two-course business management certificate program for students who participated in the previous TAACCCT Round 1 TAACCCT. Hezel Associates was selected to be the third-party evaluator by MC3 and conducted all evaluation activities associated with the grant.                          MCCC

Hezel Associates conducted a mixed method evaluation of MC3’s grant activities. Researchers gathered data from stakeholders to assess implementation quality and outcomes of the project managed by MC3. Qualitative data was gleaned from assessing project documentation and interviewing participating students and staff. Hezel Associates assessed MC3’s attainment of project objectives by analyzing these data as well as extant data provided by MC3, which included student completion and retention rates, to assess the impact of the project on these outcomes. Hezel Associates’ annual reports provided formative feedback to project staff to support informed programmatic improvements. A final summative report was presented to MC3 in September 2016.

 

SUNY Community Colleges TAACCCT (Round 2) Evaluation (2013 - 2016)

In September 2012, State University of New York (www.suny.edu) Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher announced that the SUNY community colleges received a $14.6 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor to design, implement, and deliver a strategic approach to job training and education for high-need industries such as nanotechnology and advanced manufacturing during their Round 2 awards. 

The consortium of thirty community colleges known as the SUNY Statewide Community College Collaborative created the Training and Education in Advanced Manufacturing (T.E.A.M.) Project. T.E.A.M. intended to design and deliver comprehensive training and education in the advanced manufacturing industry sector. This program served over 3,000 TAA-eligibleSUNY workers and veterans throughout New York State (NYS), and incorporated six newly designed technical certificate programs, as well as student services, a state-wide prior learning assessment, workforce readiness assessments, and fast tracked developmental education. The programs were designed to help students complete a technical certificate program in two years or less with the benefit of stacked and latticed industry recognized credentials. 

Hezel Associates implemented a mixed-methods approach incorporating non-experimental comparison group analysis and econometric modeling to illuminate factors that contributed to education and employment outcomes. The evaluation team was responsible for data collection, analysis, and reporting to highlight both Impact and Implementation of the project by measuring the success of project goals and objectives and examining activities for quality and timely completion. 

 

Virginia Community College System Assessing CPL and Mentoring Pilot Programs (2015-2016)

Hezel Associates conducted an evaluation to assess the implementation and impact of the Credit for Prior Learning (CPL) VCCSand Mentoring programs being piloted as part of the Department of Labor Virginia Veterans Services Demonstration Project at five pilot sites: Germanna Community College, Lord Fairfax Community College, Northern Virginia Community College, Thomas Nelson Community College and Tidewater Community College.

The evaluation provided feedback to improve implementation and assess the promise of these programs by comparing outcomes including, or theoretically linked to, credential attainment and employment of veteran students who received prior learning assessment (PLA) and mentoring support.