The CEA supports any and all stages of your research and evaluation from the initial design and consultation phase through data collection, analysis, interpretation, and reporting. Our tools, expertise, and experience allow us to meet your data needs within the context of your budget and time constraints and according to external standards and requirements. The CEA is known for a personal, politically-sensitive, and hands-on approach to data collection and analysis, whether you are engaged in small-scale field research or large-scale longitudinal experimental design.

We offer a wide range of services, including but not limited to:

The CEA evaluates programs and policies in a wide range of areas. We customize evaluation plans and procedures to best meet the requirements of each individual client and determine program effectiveness, basing our designs on traditional models like the ones below.

  1. Goal Oriented Evaluation: Used to determine if programs meet their pre-determined goals or objectives.
  2. Process Evaluation: Used to determine the strengths and weaknesses of the program activities.
  3. Outcome Evaluation: Used to assess the effects of programs (such as increase in knowledge, changes in attitudes and behaviors, and increase in self-efficacy).

The CEA uses observations, artifact analysis, assessments, surveys, interviews, focus groups, and multiple other hands-on techniques to highlight program successes and understand the intricacies of the challenges facing organizations. The CEA offers concrete, actionable, and data-based recommendations for improvement in a politically safe and confidential manner.

The CEA conducts research to help you ask and answer questions that will move your work forward and inform your field of study. Our methodologists specialize in experimental design, quasi-experimental design, qualitative research design, and mixed methods research. We can help you to develop and clarify your research questions, define your sample, and select measures. The CEA can also lead and carry out your research activities from recruitment and site contact through data collection and analysis. We have been recognized for our collaboration with project partners to enact a shared research vision and gather the information needed to answer important questions in meaningful ways. Our team has produced multiple articles in peer-reviewed journals, presented at national and international conferences, and been recognized by funding agents for the quality of our research.
The CEA's methodologists have expertise in the areas of instrument development, validity and reliability, statistics, and psychometrics in addition to a wide range of content area expertise. We have access to multiple delivery systems for the instruments we design, including web-based and scannable forms. We use NCES DesignExpert to develop attractive and condensed scannable surveys that allow for prompt data collection and analysis, thus eliminating the need for manual data entry, as well as Microsoft FrontPage and Qualtrics to develop web-based surveys for quick and confidential data collection from students, trainees, teachers, and others. Our quantitative and qualitative analysis skills offer clients a deep understanding of the population and construct of interest. We provide you with usable information about the statistical properties of surveys, assessments, and other instruments to help you make informed decisions about your practices and procedures. In conjunction with our survey development and analysis services, we also offer consultation in sampling, measurement scales, data collection procedures, data quality, reliability, validity, and potential sources of error.
The CEA employs the most advanced, methodologically sound, and progressive statistical procedures to analyze quantitative data, from simple frequencies and cross-tabulations to more complicated procedures such as IRT modeling, exploratory and confirmatory factor analysis, and hierarchical linear modeling. We use a variety of parametric and non-parametric statistical procedures to analyze data from tests, surveys, and other sources. Our statisticians use SPSS, SAS, LISREL, and AMOS to analyze incoming qualitative data. Our statistical expertise helps clients to make informed and evidence-based decisions while avoiding common mistakes in analysis and interpretation of results.
Often times, numbers fail to capture the true nature and impact of a program, initiative, or intervention. In those cases, the CEA offers qualitative data collection and analysis services to fit your needs. We work with you from the concept stage through interpretation and reporting of results, including developing protocols, collecting, coding, transcribing, and analyzing your data. We use a variety of data gathering methods, such as focus groups, interviews, open-ended survey questions, and observations. Our methodologists are knowledgeable and experienced in the areas of phenomenology, ethnography, case study, typology, analytic induction, and matrix analysis and can customize a data plan to meet your standards.
The CEA helps clients to develop workable databases of information to meet their research and evaluation needs. We provide you with a simple and accessible format so that you can examine your own program data while still allowing for an easy transfer to Excel or SPSS for data analysis. We work closely with you through a data discovery phase, in which we assess your goals and make collaborative decisions about the most important and relevant variables that will facilitate your tracking of progress over time. We then begin the process of organizing your data to maximize efficiency, anticipate future needs, and eliminate data gaps.
The CEA can help you design or improve your programs to determine where time, effort, and resources should be focused. We can help you build capacity through the development or assessment and redesign of programs and policies. The CEA also provides opportunities for advanced training in research design, instrument development, classroom observations, measurement, data collection, and program evaluation for researchers, investigators, and students. We conduct needs assessments, engage in program planning, develop operations plans and procedures, and provide ongoing guidance and consultation on policies and procedures.
The CEA provides technical assistance and consultation in a variety of areas, including training, proposal writing and editing, design and development of new instruments and interventions, data collection and analysis, program implementation, and creating and maintaining databases. We offer assistance with goals matrices, logic models, federal reporting, IRB requirements, assessment cut scores, item analysis, and state accountability procedures. All of these consultation services can be customized to fit your needs with respect to focus, time, and cost.