Evaluation research is the systematic application of research methodologies in assessing social intervention programs. The evaluations conducted by the Evaluation Research Unit are methodologically rigorous and in keeping with state-of-the-art evaluation practice. Evaluations utilize responsive, culturally sensitive research approaches. The staff excels in both qualitative and quantitative research methods and is experienced in the design and implementation of Formative/Process and Summative/Outcome evaluation projects.
The Evaluation Research Unit services range from complete evaluation design and implementation of large multi-site, multi-year evaluations to providing consultation or coaching to organizations preferring to build their internal evaluation capacity. Project management is also available, including management of multiple and simultaneous data collecting and processing activities.
Recent research partners include: The Skillman Foundation, Detroit Health Department, 36 th District Court, U.S. Department of Education, Detroit Public Schools, and the WSU College of Education.