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Clients and Sponsors

Center projects are supported by diverse organizations, from local nonprofits to federal agencies.

Highlighted Clients and Sponsors

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    Goodwill Industries of Southwestern Michigan

    Evaluation of Goodwill Life Guides and Capacity Strengthening Services (2019-Current)

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    National Science Foundation

    EvaluATE: The ATE Evaluation Resource Hub for the Advanced Technological Education Program (2009-Current).

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    National Institutes of Health

    Community Utilization of Evidence-Based Program Registries in Community Health (2015-Current)

Current Projects

  • ADVANCING THE USE OF ORAL FLUID TO MONITOR THERAPEUTIC AND ILLICIT DRUGS IN OUTPATIENT CLINICAL AND FIELD SETTINGS

    Sponsor: National Institutes of Health
    Principal Investigator: Stephen Magura
    September 2019 to August 2022

  • CDC-WMU EVALUATION CENTER INTERGOVERNMENTAL PERSONNEL ACT ASSIGNMENT

    Sponsor: Center for Disease Control and Prevention
    Principal Investigator: Lori A. Wingate
    June 2018 to March 2020

    Through an Intergovernmental Personnel Act assignment, Evaluation Center Director of Research Lori Wingate is providing program evaluation guidance and feedback to the Center for Surveillance, Epidemiology, and Laboratory Services at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

     

  • COMMUNITY UTILIZATION OF EVIDENCE-BASED PROGRAM REGISTERS IN COMMUNITY HEALTH

    Sponsor: National Institutes of Health- National Institutes on Drug Abuse

    Principal Investigator: Stephen Magura

    August 2017 to March 2020

    To determine the types and degrees of impact of evidence-based program registers (EBPRs) in behavioral healthcare on the effective dissemination and utilization of evidence-based programs and practices.

  • EVIDENCE-BASED PROGRAM REGISTERS PROJECT

    Sponsor: National Institutes of Health- National Institutes on Drug Abuse

    Principal Investigator: Stephen Magura

    August 2017 to March 2020

    To determine the types and degrees of impact of evidence-based program registers (EBPRs) in behavioral healthcare on the effective dissemination and utilization of evidence-based programs and practices.

  • EVALUATE: EVALUATION HUB FOR ADVANCED TECHNOLOGICAL EDUCATION

    Sponsor: National Science Foundation

    Principal Investigator: Lyssa Wilson Becho; Emma Leeburg, co-principal investigator; Lori Wingate, co-principal investigator; and Michael Harnar, co-principal investigator

    January 2019 to January 2024

    This project proposal will significantly expand the activities and broaden the impact of EvaluATE, the evaluation learning and research hub for NSF’s ATE program. This project's goals are to: 1) Expand the evidence base for effective STEM education evaluation practices 2) Enhance ATE evaluators’ evaluation knowledge and skills 3) Enhance the ability of ATE project personnel to use valuation effectively 4) Increase professional exchange among ATE evaluation stakeholders.

  • EVALUATION OF GOODWILL LIFE GUIDES AND CAPACITY STRENGTHENING SERVICES

    Sponsor: Goodwill Industries of Southwest Michigan

    Principal Investigators: Kelly Robertson; Lyssa Wilson Becho, co-principal investigator

    May 2019 to July 2021

    The Life Guides Program works with families in Allegan and Kalamazoo Counties, making a twenty-year commitment to their efforts to move towards economic self-sufficiency and build educational and life success for themselves and their children. The evaluation focuses on planning, capacity strengthening, program development, program improvement, tracking participant outcomes, and reporting evaluation findings.

  • EVALUATION OF O-STAR CENTER

    Sponsor: Delaware State University

    Principal Investigator: Brad Watts

    August 2015, to September 2020

    The Evaluation Center is serving as an external evaluator on a NASA-funded program to support optics research experiences for graduate students.

  • EVALUATION OF THE S.M.A.R.T INITIATIVE

    Sponsor: Indiana State University

    Principal Investigator: Brad Watts October

    2018 to September 2023

    The S.M.A.R.T Initiative is a program that aims to strengthen and expand mentoring programs at Indiana State University. Through grant support provided under the U.S. Department of Education, Strengthen institutions Program, the university is developing new physical space, training, and programming for students, as well as faculty and staff. The Evaluation Center is partnering with ISU to serve as the evaluator and assess the impact of the initiative on student outcomes, specifically undergraduate academic performance and progress toward degree completion.

  • MICHIGAN DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES (MDHHS): EVALUATION OF PUBLIC HEALTH INITIATIVES IN THE MICHIGAN OVERDOSE DATA TO ACTION (OD2A) PROGRAM

    Sponsor: Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS)

    Principal Investigator: Stephen Magura; Valerie Marshall, co-principal investigator

    September 2019 to August 2022

    MDHHS oversees the administration and implementation of the Overdose Data to Action (OD2A) program, a multi-year grant targeting the drug overdose epidemic. The Evaluation Center works with MDHHS to evaluate substance use prevention efforts across Michigan. In 2021-2022 funding year, our work is focused on engaging Quick Response Teams (QRTs) across Michigan.  

  • SEEKING SAFETY

    Sponsor: Department of Justice

    Principal Investigator: Kelly Robertson; Lyssa Wilson Becho, co-principal investigator

    March 2018 to September 2020

    The project seeks to identify and provide comprehensive, trauma—informed, and culturally appropriate services for African American males–between the ages of 14-24–who identify as survivors of violence. The purpose of the evaluation is to assess impacts and determine project progress in order to make future evidence-based decisions.

  • UPWARD BOUND KALAMAZOO

    Sponsor: U.S. Department of Education

    Principal Investigator: Brad Watts

    June 2017 to May 2022

    The Upward Bound Kalamazoo Program provides fundamental support to participants in their preparation for college entrance. The Evaluation Center serves as the external evaluators to help understand student barriers, participants goals for the program, and provide external feedback to the project team to help strengthen the program and its participants.

  • UPWARD BOUND VAN BUREN

    Sponsor: U.S. Department of Education

    Principal Investigator: Brad Watts

    September 2017 to August 2022

    The Upward Bound Van Buren Program provides fundamental support to participants in their preparation for college entrance. The Evaluation Center serves as the external evaluators to help understand student barriers, participants goals for the program, and provide external feedback to the project team to help strengthen the program and its participants.

Meet a Team Member

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  • Emma Binder is a marketing and communication specialist senior at The Evaluation Center. She supports several projects with her data visualization and graphic design skills. She also leads communication for the center including the website and social media accounts.