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Past Projects

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

New England Board of Higher Education (NEBHE) Data Capacity Planning (2013)

The New England Board of Higher Education (NEBHE) (www.nebhe.org) contracted Hezel Associates to conduct a study of data planning and development capacity in K-12 and higher education in the six New England states. The goal of the study was to understand the capacity of states to share secondary and postsecondary data to support an informed and effective college readiness and completion agenda. This research examined the policies, planning, organizational structures, funding strategies, and operations that states have established to develop and sustain excellent interconnected longitudinal data systems.

Hezel Associates researchers used qualitative methods to conduct this research. Through extensive reviews of the existing literature, and interviews with national longitudinal data systems experts and state longitudinal data systems’ leaders, Hezel Associates created a roadmap for the New England states in order to provide them with guidance for future collaboration, leadership, policies, and action with respect to the development, functioning, and maintenance of K-20 LDS.

 

Cornell University's Southeast Asia Program USED: NRC Evaluation (2010 - 2013)

In August 2010, Cornell University’s (www.cornell.edu) Southeast Asia Program (SEAP) received funding through the U.S. Department of Education’s (ED) National Resource Center (NRC) Program cornell(under Title VI, Part A). The purpose of this study was to evaluate the implementation and impact of SEAP’s NRC activities throughout the 2010-2014 grant cycle. SEAP contracted Hezel Associates as the third party evaluator to help provide evidence of the impact SEAP is having on acquiring Southeast Asian expertise and positions, revitalizing Indonesian Studies to increase individual and institutional engagement as well as academic understanding of Muslim areas, internationalizing Cornell University curriculum, targeting new K-12 populations, and raising public awareness and increased knowledge of Southeast Asia.

As evaluators, Hezel Associates was responsible for developing and executing an evaluation plan including developing instruments, both surveys and interview protocols and establishing data needs and sources. Hezel Associates conducted analysis with data collected from surveys, interviews, the registrar, and SEAP Annual Report. The evaluation was provided to SEAP in the form of formative and summative reporting, progress updates, and consistent client communication.

 

NYCDOE CSI Math Science Partnership Evaluation (2010 - 2013)

Working collaboratively on the initial grant submission stage, New York City Department of Education (NYCDOE) (schools.nyc.gov) designated Hezel Associates as the external evaluator in their proposal applications to the U.S. Department of Education for four Math Science Partnership (MSP) projects.  Two of the four initial proposals were funded, with work commencing in fall of 2010.  Evaluation of the 3-year project is intended to (a) ascertain the quality of program implementation (primarily professional development for educators), (b) support federal reporting requirements, and (c) examine the efficacy of the Comprehensive Science Initiative (CSI) professional growth interventions.  Deliverables include a range of survey questionnaires; science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) knowledge assessments; and site visit observation protocols.  Our researchers are summarizing findings for formative use by the program managers and undertaking analyses of federal performance reporting measures to satisfy accountability requirements.

 

NYCDOE STEMi Math Science Partnership Evaluation (2010 - 2013)

Working collaboratively on the initial grant submission stage, New York City Department of Education (NYCDOE) (schools.nyc.gov) designated Hezel Associates as the external evaluator in their proposal applications to the U.S. Department of Education for four Math Science Partnership (MSP) projects.  Two of the four initial proposals were funded, with work commencing in fall of 2010.  Evaluation of the 3-year project is intended to (a) ascertain the quality of program implementation (primarily professional development for educators), (b) support federal reporting requirements, and (c) examine the efficacy of the NYC STEM initiative (NY STEMi) professional growth interventions.  Deliverables include a range of survey questionnaires; science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) knowledge assessments; and site visit observation protocols.  Our researchers are summarizing findings for formative use by the program managers and undertaking analyses of federal performance reporting measures to satisfy accountability requirements.

 

NYCDOE Small Learning Communities (SLC) Evaluation (2012 - 2013)

The New York City Department of Education (NYCDOE) (schools.nyc.gov), supporting the Small Learning Communities (SLC) project, aims to extend the small learning communities in seven large New York City high schools. Through this grant, these schools support leadership training for educators, college readiness programs, and partnerships with non-profit groups. NYCDOE contracted Hezel Associates, LLC to act as external evaluators for the annual assessment of the SLC project.

The purpose of the evaluation was to aggregate and analyze data, and report findings at the school level to gauge (a) the implementation of SLC activities, and (b) program impact in terms of objectives defined for the grant. Hezel Associates implemented a mixed-methods evaluation that synthesizes data collected through faculty team focus groups, student focus groups, individual interviews of administrators, and extant summary quantitative measures collected by each school. The mixed-methods approach allowed Hezel Associates to provide a more complete picture with respect to how SLC activities are translating into student outcomes, and provide NYC DOE a solid understanding of the impact SLCs have on NYC educators and students.