Western Michigan University's Science and Mathematics Program Improvement conducts client-centered, user-friendly program evaluations and professional consultations for K-12 schools, institutions of higher education, the State of Michigan Department of Education, nonprofit organizations and other education entities.
- SAMPI emphasizes program improvement. Our staff works collaboratively with clients to determine their needs and interests and to select appropriate support activities.
- SAMPI's projects focus on STEM (science-technology-engineering-mathematics), teaching and learning, systemic reform, underachieving schools, literacy, teacher professional development, curriculum implementation, instructional materials development, student assessment, data use, leadership development, and technology use in the classroom.
- SAMPI uses a collaborative, consensus-building approach to facilitate active involvement of clients in the evaluation and program improvement process. We offer feedback on project implementation and early outcomes that alert clients to possible adjustments in project activities needed to better meet program goals. SAMPI emphasizes making information gathering and analysis, as well as subsequent use of information, integral to program delivery.
- SAMPI's team consists of researchers and staff with backgrounds in science, mathematics, K-12 and higher education settings, data management, statistics, and technology. SAMPI also draws on the expertise of WMU faculty as well as collaborators across the country.
- The SAMPI team uses a range of techniques, including standard evaluation procedures, research, professional development activities, materials and assessment studies, and other project-specific consultation services.
- Many of the SAMPI team members belong to and have presented at the American Evaluation Association (AEA) annual conferences. In addition, team members belong to and have attended the Michigan Association for Evaluation (MAE) annual conferences.