Projects

Evaluation Center Projects

The following project summaries, arranged by funding agency, highlight the Center’s range of assessment and evaluation service provision to a variety of education and human service organizations in Kentucky and beyond.

Additionally, select Outcomes Briefs are featured for the following projects:


Bureau of Justice Administration

Johnson County Second Chance Act: Co-occurring Disorders Substance Abuse Treatment Program

Funding Source: Bureau of Justice Assistance
Contracting Agencies: Mountain Comprehensive Care Center and Johnson County Fiscal Court
Evaluation Plan Summary: This project centers on enhanced treatment services for incarcerated adult offenders re-entering the community with co-occurring behavioral health problems. The evaluation employs client-level quantitative intake and follow-up data collection and analysis, as well as qualitative stakeholder data collection and analysis.

Johnson County Second Chance Act: Family-Based Offender Substance Abuse Treatment Program

Funding Source: Bureau of Justice Assistance
Contracting Agencies: Mountain Comprehensive Care Center and Johnson County Fiscal Court
Evaluation Plan Summary: The project’s primary objective is to provide enhanced treatment services for incarcerated adult offenders re-entering the community who have substance abuse disorders or co-occurring substance use and mental health disorders and who are parents of minor children. The evaluation employs key informant qualitative data collection and analysis to explore how inmates learn coping strategies and use available resources to reduce substance use and enhance parenting skills; while client-level quantitative intake and follow-up data are analyzed to examine outcomes.

Pike County Drug Court Expansion and Enhancement Project

Funding Source: Bureau of Justice Assistance and Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
Contracting Agency: Administrative Office of the Courts
Evaluation Plan Summary: Process evaluation examines the expansion and quality of evidence-based services offered by the Pike County Circuit Drug Court. The evaluation of outcome measures includes client-level data analysis to examine behavioral health changes over time using Government Performance and Results Act (GPRA) data at intake, 6 months’ post-intake, and at program discharge.


Department of Defense in Education Activities

Christian County Kentucky School District Evaluation

Funding Source: Department of Defense in Education Activities
Contracting Agency: Christian County KY School Systems
Evaluation Plan Summary: The Evaluation Center examines client-level intervention outcomes for the district’s military-dependent students.

Fort Campbell Military Base Consortium Evaluation

Funding Source: Department of Defense in Education Activities
Contracting Agencies: Montgomery County, Tennessee and Christian County, Kentucky School Systems
Evaluation Plan Summary: The evaluation examines client-level intervention outcomes for military-dependent students in the development of a parent engagement model.


Department of Education

ECTC Center of Excellence for Veteran Student Success

Funding Source: Department of Education
Contracting Agency: Kentucky Community & Technical College System, Elizabethtown Community and Technical College
Evaluation Plan Summary: Implementation and outcome evaluation utilizes quantitative and qualitative methods to gauge the extent to which the new Center of Excellence for Veteran Student Success provides coordinated and comprehensive services and contributes to the growth in enrollment, persistence, and completion rates for veteran students.


Department of Labor

Elizabethtown Community and Technical College Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) Grant

Funding Source: Department of Labor
Contracting Agency: Elizabethtown Community and Technical College
Evaluation Plan Summary: The three-phased evaluation plan includes a pre-implementation review of the contract agency’s current intervention model, a longitudinal comparative case study of program implementation for formative assessment, and a participant cohort outcome evaluation utilizing both quantitative and qualitative data.

Gateway Region Community and Technical College Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) Grant

Funding Source: Department of Labor
Contracting Agency: Gateway Community and Technical College
Evaluation Plan Summary: The program’s primary goal is to enhance and accelerate career pathway preparation in logistics, manufacturing, energy, and heating and cooling fields by providing academic and career coaching in cooperation with workforce development partners, community agencies, and industry employers. The Center will employ a case study of program implementation in its formative assessment, while summative evaluation efforts include participant cohort analysis of employment and wages.


Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education

FLEXspace at Gateway Community and Technical College

Funding Source: Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education: First in the World
Contracting Agency:  Kentucky Community & Technical College System, Gateway Community and Technical College
Evaluation Plan Summary: The goals of the FLEXspace project include enhancing the current model of developmental education courses and streamlining existing academic and non-academic services to meet the needs of students to eliminate unintentional institutional barriers. Specific interventional objectives include increasing student success (passing courses and accumulating credit hours), retention, and completion. Utilizing regression discontinuity and randomized control trial designs, the evaluation will determine the impact the project has on students’ grades, retention, cumulative credits earned, and completion rates.


Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education

Clinical Apprenticeship to Prepare Teachers for the Elementary School (CAPT-E)

Funding Source: Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education
Contracting Agencies: Eastern Kentucky University College of Education and Corbin Independent School District
Evaluation Plan Summary: The evaluation will provide a holistic perspective of the CAPT-E clinical model and its impact on teacher candidates, students, and elementary school teachers and faculty. Teacher candidate data include multiple measures from program entry through placement. Process evaluation examines the degree to which the program was implemented as it was planned utilizing administrative document review, evaluation of EKU and participating school operational processes, and analysis of stakeholder perceptions. Outcomes evaluation, including a pre-post survey design and a nonequivalent group designs study, will gauge program impacts and the extent to which program goals have been met.

Designing Mathematics and Science Project-Based Environments: Spanning Astronomical and Atomic Spaces (SAAS)

Funding Source: Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education
Contracting Agency: University of Kentucky College of Education
Evaluation Plan Summary: This project provides participating districts with professional development on designing curriculum that integrates the Next Generation Learning Standards, the Kentucky Core Academic Standards, and the Common Core Standards. The evaluation of the training program, through surveys, stakeholder interviews, and direct observation, considers both quantitative data of specific outcome measures and qualitative data to contextualize quantitative results. Quantitative data include pre-post reasoning assessments and participant satisfaction ratings, while qualitative data illuminate project barriers and progress.

Project-Based Investigations on Water Quality in the Kentucky River Watershed

Funding Source: Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education
Contracting Agency:  University of Kentucky College of Education and the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment
Evaluation Plan Summary: The evaluation of this professional development initiative employs surveys, direct observation, and secondary data collection and analysis to examine the initiative’s impacts on the implementation and utilization of Project-Based Investigations in middle school classrooms.


Kentucky General Assembly

Read to Achieve

Funding Source: Kentucky General Assembly Read to Achieve Grants
Contracting Agency: Collaborative Center for Literacy Development
Evaluation Plan Summary: The evaluation, guided by legislative requirements, focuses on the efficacy of the Read to Achieve program in its objective to ensure students’ reading proficiency by the end of the primary grades. The evaluation utilizes a quasi-experimental, mixed-methods approach to provide a holistic, contextual perspective of the project. Data sources include surveys, state sponsored assessment and intervention databases, semi-structured phone interviews, and structured observations.


Kentucky Governor’s Office of Early Childhood

Kentucky Invests in Developing Success (KIDS) NOW Early Care and Education Evaluation

Funding Source: Kentucky Governor’s Office of Early Childhood Contracting Agency: Kentucky Early Childhood Advisory Council Evaluation
Plan Summary: The Evaluation Center follows a cohort of children through first grade classrooms as part of a longitudinal study, including data collection and analysis of children’s academic outcomes and social-emotional skills.


Kentucky Justice Cabinet

Research and Evaluation Services for the Vulnerability Assessment Instrument

Funding Source: Kentucky Justice Cabinet Contracting Agency: Kentucky Justice and Public Safety Cabinet Evaluation
Plan Summary: The project involves an evaluation of the reliability and validity of the vulnerability assessment instrument utilized by the Kentucky Department of Juvenile Justice to help identify those at risk of being physically or sexually assaulted in custody and those juveniles that are likely to carry out these types of assaults.


National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

NASA Fellowship Program

Funding Source: National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
Contracting Agency: NASA Kentucky and Bluegrass Community and Technical College
Evaluation Plan Summary: The evaluation examines the process of initiative implementation and explores changes in student knowledge, self-efficacy, and perceptions of STEM careers that may result from participation in a mentoring and instructional content-focused pilot study developed by NASA Kentucky and the Bluegrass Community and Technical College.


National Science Foundation

Geopaths

Funding Source: National Science Foundation
Contracting Agency: University of Kentucky Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences and the University of Kentucky College of Education Leadership Studies, in cooperation with Fayette County, Kentucky’s STEAM Academy
Evaluation Plan Summary: The project’s primary objective is to test a model of cooperation between a geosciences department and a local early college high school (ECHS) designed to increase recruitment and enhance retention of a diverse body of students. The Center conducts project implementation evaluation as well as outcome evaluation to examine the impact of program exposure, internships, and dual enrollment.


Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

Assertive Adolescent and Family Treatment (AAFT) Program

Funding Source: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
Contracting Agency: Mountain Comprehensive Care Center
Evaluation Plan Summary: This program is designed to expand treatment services to adolescents with substance use or co-occurring mental health problems in the Central Appalachian region. Process evaluation methods include staff and participant qualitative data collection and analysis. Client-level behavioral health measures are collected and assessed at intake, 3, 6, and 12 months’ post-intake.

Cooperative Agreement for the Benefit of Homeless Individuals (CABHI)

Funding Source: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
Contracting Agency: Kentucky Department of Behavioral Health, Developmental and Intellectual Disabilities
Evaluation Plan Summary: The evaluation reports on various performance measures, including housing and employment status, criminal justice system involvement, abstinence from use, access to services, service retention, and social connectedness; with the goal of enabling the contracting agency to report on key outcome measures relating to the project population’s substance use and mental health.

Kentucky Adolescent Treatment Expansion and Dissemination (KAT-ED) Project

Funding Source: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
Contracting Agency: Kentucky Department of Behavioral Health, Developmental and Intellectual Disabilities
Evaluation Plan Summary: The project focuses on enhancing services for youth ages 12 to 18 that are eligible for court diversion or who may have substance use issues or co-occurring mental health and substance use issues. Pre-posttest stakeholder data are collected and analyzed to evaluate interagency collaboration, workforce development, and financial mapping; while client-level data at intake and 3 and 6 months’ post-intake are utilized to examine treatment outcomes for youth with co-occurring disorders.


University of Kentucky Human Development Institute

Child Care Aware (CCA)

Funding Source and Contracting Agency: University of Kentucky Human Development Institute
Evaluation Plan Summary: The Evaluation Center develops and employs phone and web-based surveys to examine stakeholder perceptions of the initiative’s structural changes, including evaluation of interactions with CCA technical assistance and training services.