Projects

The Evaluation Center is providing valued services to the following projects.

Past projects

community utilization of Evidence- Based Program REGISTERS in Community health

Sponsor: National Institutes of Health- National Institutes on Drug Abuse
Principal Investigator: Dr. Stephen Magura
Aug. 15, 2017 to Mar. 31, 2020

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

1. Study the documented users of selected EBPRs.

2. Study the mandates for implementing evidence-based programs issued by federal and state funding agencies in behavioral healthcare,

3. Study key stakeholders of the registers (i.e., program developers in public and private sector agencies).

EvaluATE: The ATE Evaluation Resource Center

Sponsor: National Science Foundation
Principal Investigator: Dr. Lori Wingate ,  Dr. Arlen Gullickson, co-principal investigator, and Emma Perk, co-principal investigator
July 15, 2008 to Aug. 31, 2020

EvaluATE promotes the goals of the Advanced Technological Education program by partnering with ATE projects and centers to strengthen the program’s evaluation knowledge base, expand the use of exemplary evaluation practices and support the continuous improvement of technician education throughout the nation.

EVALUATE: EVALUATION Learning and RESOURCE hub for Advanced Technological education

Sponsor: National Science Foundation
Principal Investigator: Dr. Lori Wingate ,  Michael Harner, co-principal investigator, and Emma Perk, co-principal investigator
Jan. 14, 2019 to  Jan. 13, 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: Dr. Kelly Robertson and Lyssa Wilson Becho, co-principal investigator
May 1, 2019 to July 31, 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 Indiana State University’s Accelerating College Completion Through Math Mindset Project

Sponsor: Indiana State University
Principal Investigators: Dr. Brad Watts 
Oct. 1, 2014 to Sept. 30, 2019

The WMU Evaluation Center is providing evaluation services to Indiana State University’s FIPSE grant. Based on an experimental design, the project seeks to identify most effective strategies to accelerate college completion. The evaluation will provide expert reviews of the RCT and related reports, and provide formative and summative feedback that informs overall project performance and GPRA measures.

Evaluation of O-Star center

Sponsor: Delaware State University
Principal Investigator: Dr. Brad Watts
Aug. 1, 2015, to Sep. 30, 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: Dr. Brad Watts
Oct. 1, 2018 to Sep. 30, 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. 

Grand rapids urban league sowing opportunities now (son) program

Sponsor: W.K. Kellogg Foundation
Principal Investigator: Dr. Kelly Robertson
Apr. 17, 2017 to Sep. 30, 2019

The SON program seeks to empower at-risk males of color between the ages of 16-24 to work towards family well being and economic self-sufficiency. The overarching purpose of the evaluation is to establish monitoring and evaluation practices that will allow the program to make evidence-based decision.

seeking safety modification project extension and expansion

Sponsor: Department of Justice
Principal Investigator: Dr. Kelly Robertson and Lyssa Wilson Becho, co-principal investigator
Mar. 1, 2018 to Sep. 30, 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.

Trauma informed community evaluation

Sponsor: Battle Creek Community Foundation
Principal Investigator: Dr. Brad Watts
Oct 1, 2018 to Sep. 30, 2019

Following the occurrence of two major tragic events in February and June 2016, the Kalamazoo-Battle Creek Resiliency Project was formed to support the impacted survivors, witnesses, first responders, and community members. The Evaluation Center is working with the project to compile feedback regarding the use and utility of the wide array of programming and support efforts that have been developed and funded during the past three years. Results from the survey will be used to gauge how the efforts of the Resiliency Project have helped the community, while also identifying areas of continued need.

Upward Bound kalamazoo

Sponsor: U.S. Department of Education 
Principal Investigator: Emma Perk
June 1, 2017 to May 31, 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: Emma Perk
Sept. 1, 2017 to Aug. 31, 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.