Evaluation of Technology Initiatives
Metiri Group consultants provide a full range of education and education technology research and evaluation services to clients that include schools, school districts, state departments of education, foundations, nonprofit organizations, and education technology firms. At Metiri Group we approach evaluation with the multiple needs of our clients in mind, and craft research and evaluation solutions that both assess a project’s impact and guide future decision-making.
Evaluation of Funded Projects
Metiri Group has a strong history evaluating funded projects. Our work includes commitments with Principal Investigators from universities, colleges, K12 schools, non-profit organization, and private corporations. We have worked with the National Science Foundation and U.S. Department of Education among others to provide external evaluation services. If you have questions related to our evaluation background and expertise contact Jody Britten for more information.
External Evaluator for the National Science Foundation
Our experiences with the National Science Foundation include filling the roles of grant reader/evaluator, Principal Investigator, external research partner, and external evaluator. Our clients are both public and private universities, small businesses, and non-profit entities throughout the United States. Metiri staff is trained in evaluation and have a track record of exceeding our client expectations. Metiri is careful to work with the Principal Investigators to insure that the evaluation and research components of any NSF grant work in concert with one another.
NSF programs Metiri has evaluated include:
- Course Curriculum and Laboratory Improvement Program (CCLI)
- STEM-C Partnership (CS10K, STEM-CP: CE21)
- Innovative Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers (I-TEST)
- Math Science Partnerships (MSP)
- Innovation through Institutional Integration (i3)
- Improving Undergraduate STEM Education (I-USE)
- Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program (Noyce)
- Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU)
- Small Business Initiated Research (SBIR)
- Transforming Undergraduate Education in STEM (TUES)
- Advancing Informal STEM Learning (AISL)
- CS10K (10,000 well trained computer science teachers in 10,000 schools)
- Discovery Research K12 (DRK12)
Product Evaluation and Research
In a new report from the U.S. Department of Education – Office of Educational Technology tech start ups were encouraged to undertake rigorous evaluation. Further, the report suggested that such evaluation takes time and careful thought and often needs to be conducted by a third party to ensure credibility. Metiri Group provides commercial product evaluation and has the capacity and the established network to provide this evaluation in schools throughout the United States.
Our approach to commercial product evaluation in the educational technology/digital learning market is rigorous and leverages comparison groups whenever possible. We work closely with the product team to ensure that we understand the product, the market position, and the goals for impact in education.
Carefully designing research and evaluation studies and delivering customized reports, that are useful to school partners and private industry is something that Metiri holds the credentials and expertise to achieve.
For more information on consulting services contact Jody Britten.