Evaluand LLC has been contracted to SUNY Empire State College and the Research Foundation for SUNY to manage research efforts for their Institute of Education Sciences (IES) Transformative Research in the Education Sciences grant project. SUNY Empire's 3-year, $3 million project has been funded to develop a new incremental credentialing system for U.S. postsecondary education to improve academic and labor-market outcomes for students.

Evaluand Principal Kirk Knestis PhD is managing a comprehensive research agenda to support two aims, including (1) assessing the feasibility of state system- and institution-level policies, procedures, and practices for innovative credentialing models; and (2) testing the promise of efficacy of incremental credentials to improve enrollment, persistence, progress, completion, and other measures of academic success for postsecondary learners. The quantitative analysis examining outcomes is being designed and executed by William E. Pate of Ad Hoc Analytics in Maryland.

Evaluand Principal Kirk Knestis is serving on a six-member evaluation advisory board convened to provide critical friend oversight to STEMKAMP, a project of Goshen Education Consulting funded by the U.S. Department of Defense DoD STEM program. This out-of-school time learning program utilizes an interdisciplinary summer day camp model that provides hands-on experiences in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math for Kids of Active Military Personnel (so, STEMKAMP), to inspire and grow STEM talent among dependents of military families attending school in districts near stateside bases.

Evaluand has been contracted to analyze and report findings from data collected in the delivery of the Watershed Scholars program, an interdisciplinary, graduate-level program of the STEM Center at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (SIUE). Funded by the National Science Foundation's Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (S-STEM) program, Watershed Scholars are drawn from SIUE's departments of Environmental Sciences, Biological Sciences, Chemistry, and Civil Engineering, and provided with support to pursue master’s degrees in STEM disciplines with a research focus on sustainable watersheds.

Evaluand is providing external evaluation support to the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) for a project funded by an Opportunity Meets Innovation Challenge grant from the New Jersey Secretary of Education's office, with support from the Governor's Emergency Education Relief Fund. The Forensic Science Initiative (FSI) leverages partnerships with the City of Newark and Newark Board of Education to improve, implement, and evaluate a pathway to college through out-of-school time forensic science learning.


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