CORE provides a range of services related to the design and analysis of research in education and human development, and the evaluation of programs, policies, and practices to improve the health and well being of individuals and communities.
In terms of design, CORE can work closely with its partners and clients on all facets of designing research studies and evaluations. These services include formally specifying the questions the study or evaluation will answer, helping to specify precisely how the program or intervention is intended to work in order to produce the outcomes expected, and developing or selecting the proper instruments to measure implementation and outcomes. CORE also specializes in developing appropriate methodologies to answer research and evaluation questions, including sampling procedures and the selection of comparison groups for analysis. Regarding data management, CORE has expertise in data collection and training, data entry and cleaning, data security and storage, and preparing files for data analysis.
CORE has expertise in analyzing both quantitative and qualitative data. CORE's approach is to select analysis procedures that best answer the research or evaluation questions. CORE's expertise runs the gamut from conducting rigorous inferential analyses of the highest scientific merit using numerous commercially available and open source software programs, to conducting simple, meaningful descriptive analyses targeting implementation variables, or the responses of participant groups and individuals. CORE strives to make sure that the level of detail and complexity of its analyses and reports are aligned with the research or evaluation questions and the expectations of its partners and clients.
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