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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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Service Hours Description
Develop/Modify instruments: surveys, observation forms, academic achievement measures, interviews (individual/focus group) Varies CORE staff is knowledgeable and trained in effective instrument design. Staff will create custom instruments and tailor them to meet the data collection needs of the client. For example, if a client is interested in assessing student academic achievement in mathematics and reading language arts, CORE staff would present the client with several options for measuring math and reading ability levels and together, CORE and the client, can decide on the best instruments.
  • Simple (1 page)
  • Moderate (2-3 pages)
  • Complex (4+ pages)
2-15
15-25
25+
 

   
     

Create electronic/online versions instruments

 

 

CORE will create TeleForm versions of instruments for large scale data collection. TeleForms are distributed and completed in the field. Once collected, they are processed using the TeleForm software package. Data are automatically captured, and databases are populated. For example, if a client has a survey in Word format, CORE staff will create a TeleForm version and print it with a unique identifier. The client can then distribute the TeleForm to the respondents. The client will give the completed surveys to CORE. CORE staff would scan it and review them. After the review, a database can be populated. Using Teleform software to enter data reduces the incidence of error that commonly occurs with hand data entry. Online surveys are a cost effective and time efficient method of collecting data, and they provide a way to automate the analysis of your data.

  • Simple (1 page: 1-15 items)
  • Moderate (2-3 pages: 16-30 items)
  • Complex (4+ pages: +30 items)
1-4 hours
 
Service Hours Description

Data Collection Logistics Management

  • Sample size: 100 (multiply for every growth in samples by 10)
2

CORE staff will manage the implementation of data collection. In addition to designing data collection tools, CORE staff is expert in training and coordinating data collector activities as well as communicating with school/organization staff to facilitate seamless data collection. CORE staff will ensure fidelity and reliability procedures are rigorously followed. CORE can manage data collection efforts for small and large scale, for example:

  • Small project: Distribute and collect a satisfaction survey to 100 parents participating in a parent education program
  • Large project: Managing a project involving the administration of assessments to 50 elementary age students at the beginning and end of an academic year, the implementation of 40 classroom observations 3 times during the academic year, and the distribution and collection of end of year surveys to 40 participating teachers and 500 parents. 

Conduct interviews/observations

  •  initial preparation
  • 10 participants (multiply for every growth in sample by 10)

4

3

CORE staff will facilitate interviews and/or observations and are well- versed in accurately documenting these activities. Interviews can be conducted in person, in a group setting, and/or by phone. In addition to conducting these, CORE can also work to recruit participants and coordinate the implementation of the interviews and/or observations.

Recruit and train reliable data collectors

  • 1-5 data collectors 
  • 6-10 data collectors

10

15

 CORE staff will recruit and train data collectors. CORE will ensure inter-rater/observer reliability by conducting checks after training as well as conducting checks in the field.

Recruit participants

  • 10 participants (multiply for every growth in sample by 10)
 3 CORE staff will recruit participants for your project.
Draft letters for participant consent:

informed consent, parent, minor assent, teacher/principal

  • Drafting of letter

3

CORE staff will draft letters to inform participants of the project and to request their consent to participate. The letters will meet requirements set by Institutional Review Boards (IRBs), school district, the state, and/or the organization.

Distribute and collect responses

  • Sample size: 100(multiply for every growth in sample by 10)
5 CORE staff will distribute and collect surveys, questionnaires, consent forms, etc. to organizations, schools, and/or individuals.

Service Hours Description

High integrity data entry

  • by hand: up to 50 forms
  • by scan: 100 data entry forms

 

 

 

varies

3

 

 

CORE staff will process evaluation and research data into clean databases for analysis. CORE will enter data into Microsoft Excel or Access via hand entry or scanning using the TeleForm software package. CORE provides consistent and accurate data entry.

Data cleaning and database creation

  • 20 variables/100 sample size (multiply for every growth by 20/100)
5
CORE will clean entered data and create a database of cleaned data. CORE will also provide a codebook/data file description for all data files.

Database Management

  • upfront
  • weekly maintenance

 3

CORE will manage databases, adding and preparing data files as needed for analysis.
Service Hours Description

Quantitative and Qualitative Data Analysis

varies

Quantitative analysis is a series of research methods that
summarize, analyze, and interpret hard data in order to understand.
Examples:

  • Demographic Summary
  • Descriptive Statistics
  • Measures of Relationships or Associations: Statistical measures exist that assess the strength or weakness of the relationship between two or more variables.
  • Multiple Regression Analysis, Factor, Cluster Analysis, Advanced Statistical Models: CORE staff are well-versed in the advanced, more complex methods for analyzing and interpreting data.
Research and evaluation data analysis: The wide range of analysis and multiple levels of difficulty within each area of analysis makes this area one where CORE staff will need to clarify each analysis required, its level of difficulty and determine its cost. That cost will then be approved or modified by client.
 

Qualitative analysis is a research method that seeks to understand human activities by gathering impressions. Some qualitative methods often used are focus groups, individual interviews, and observations.

Service Hours Description
Logic Model Development

Simple: 2 hours

Multi-faceted: 4+ hours

CORE will provide graphical depictions of the logical relationships between the activities, inputs, outputs and outcomes of a program.This is a program evaluation tool often used at the start of an evaluation to lay the foundation of an evaluation to determine the effectiveness of a program. Logic Model Example

Current Conditions Planning

  • Provide organizations with information regarding education and evaluation procedures
  • Data collection guidance emphasis on systematic, scientific, reliable processes
  • Ensure organization services are targeting factors or outcomes that are measureable and proven to be impactful
Varies

CORE will help organizations plan their evaluation needs based on their current and future programming. This would be to ensure that organizations are planning their evaluations specifically around the most critical outcomes of interest to them, the people they serve, and their funders. The initial discussion would be free of cost, but any subsequent consulting, especially one in which CORE provides specific written advice would be charged for by the hour.

 

Grant/Proposal Writing Assistance

  • Review of materials generated by organization
  • Creation/development of sections for grant applications
varies

CORE will provide with assistance in writing proposals for grants or other funding opportunities. CORE will describe the evaluation study, and in some cases, provide estimates of data projections. CORE is willing to partner with other entities to pursue joint funding opportunities.

 

 

 

Independent Research and Evaluation Design with Statement of Work Varies-approximately 10-20 hours CORE will work with clients to draft a Statement of Work to outline the nature and scope of an evaluation and then a funded project will ensue, with CORE following the plan outlined in the Statement of Work. However, CORE is also willing to provide the service of just creating the evaluation design and statement of work for a client if they would prefer to carry out the evaluation themselves or with another entity.

Professional Development Awareness Sessions and Trainings

  • Evaluation 101 Workshops
  • Awareness Presentations (e.g. to funders, board of directors, etc.)
Varies CORE will provide basic workshops on evaluations, including evaluation design, sampling, surveys, etc. CORE will provide awareness presentations-this type of presentation will be tailored to an audience interested in the big picture of evaluation work and its potential benefits to an organization.