We help our clients obtain evidence based evaluation and assessment information for use in strategic planning and informed decision making. No two evaluation plans are alike; we work collaboratively with clients to tailor a plan to the scope, stage and goals of their project. We have expertise in qualitative and quantitative methods, and implement developmental, formative and summative evaluations with a focus on generating meaningful data.
Developmental evaluation is typically used by our clients at the start of new projects, aligns assessment with organizational and program goals and strengthens requests for internal or external funding.
Formative evaluation is typically used by our clients to demonstrate the impact of ongoing projects, providing decision makers with progress reports and evidence based recommendations.
Summative evaluation is typically used by our clients near the conclusion of a project to demonstrate the overall impact of that program to all interested stakeholders.
Our data collection and analysis methods include surveys, interviews, focus groups, ethnography, document analysis and the creation of case studies, applying rigorous standards to all of our work. We generate reports and white papers, collaborate with clients on writing reviewed publications, conduct on-site training and make presentations to organizational leadership.
Operationally, developmental, formative and summative evaluation are integrated into an overall strategic plan that utilizes different processes and meaningful measurement metrics over the lifetime of a project. We keep in close contact with each of our clients, believing that transparency and regular communication are vital for the success of any initiative.
Clients have included: Google, The Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), Broward County Florida Public Schools, Purdue University, University of Texas El Paso, Arizona State University, California State University San Marcos, Stanford University, University of Massachusetts Amherst, Ramapo College of New Jersey, University of Connecticut, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Olivet Nazarene University, Bryn Mawr College.
As members of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) Education Council, I have known and worked closely with Dr. Kaczmarczyk since 2007 on various computer science education and policy endeavors of national scope. In particular, she served as the researcher and writer for the ground-breaking ACM Education Policy report, “Rebooting the Pathway to Success: Preparing Students for Computing Workforce Needs in the United States.” This report contains empirical data from all 50 states, and served as key evidence to effect a pivotal change in U.S. national policy about computer science education. With her strong interdisciplinary background in computer science, and science education, along with her many years of research and evaluation experience, Dr. Kaczmarzyk is distinctively qualified. I highly recommend Dr. Kaczmarczyk, and welcome the opportunity to work with her expert consulting firm again!
Elizabeth K. Hawthorne, PhD Senior Professor, Computer Science, Union County College ACM Education Board, ACM Education Policy Committee ACM Distinguished Educator