This panel will discuss struggles to uphold equity and ethics, and provide evidence in a big messy evaluation of an education initiative. This large-scale evaluation targeted teacher and leader professional development with the ultimate goal of improving student achievement. This three-study evaluation aimed to study the initiative’s theory of action and examine the implementation and effectiveness of initiative activities targeting professional growth. These three studies, framed as theory-building, formative, and efficacy evaluations, coincidently aligned with issues relating to equity, ethics, and evidence, respectively. These issues will be discussed in terms of project management and lessons learned from the evaluation.
Issues of Equity in a Big Messy Evaluation
Kirk Knestis, PhD, CEO, Hezel Associates
This session will examine how issues of equity should be considered in terms of both the provision of interventions to improve education, and the determination of outcomes anticipated from program activities.
Issues of Ethics in a Big Messy Evaluation
Sarah Glazier, Research Analyst, Hezel Associates
This session will highlight challenges evaluators face when balancing evaluation rigor, client satisfaction, and ethics, drawing on a formative evaluation of an education initiative.
Issues of Evidence in a Big Messy Evaluation
Tina DeMarco, University at Albany, SUNY
This session will discuss the importance of quality data and implementation fidelity when interpreting and reporting evidence in educational evaluation.
Session Category : Panel Sessions