Eval Empire Brown Bag “Ignite” Session

Thursday, February 19, 2015  |  12:00 PM – 1:00 PM  |  Nortel Workshop AB

Public education is at a transformational point. New federal, state, and local legislative priorities and executive policies are redirecting funds for schools and education programs and supports. As public and private funding streams shift, evaluating the implementation and impact of investments assumes new significance. The Evaluation Team at the Friday Institute for Educational Innovation at NC State University is exploring the application of several emerging innovative approaches to evaluation for educational programs – developmental evaluation, real-time evaluation, and scale evaluation. These innovative approaches can provide a strong foundation for an organization to collectively and creatively move toward a sustainable evaluation agenda to enhance systemic strategic planning and continuous improvement efforts. This Brown Bag will share methods and lessons learned from applying these innovative evaluation approaches in educational settings that could be generalized and replicated by other evaluators interested in working across a variety of contexts.


You are welcome to bring your lunch & the FI will supply cookies and drinks.


About the presenters:

Dr. Jeni Corn is the Director of Evaluation Programs at the Friday Institute for Educational Innovation at North Carolina State University. She serves as PI of several large, statewide evaluation and research studies of innovations in schools and community college settings, including leading the evaluation of initiatives funded under North Carolina’s Race to the Top grant. Her research interests focus on scale, evaluation capacity building, data literacy, leadership, professional development,infrastructure, and evaluation for technology-enhanced innovations in public education settings. Dr. Corn completed her doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in instructional technology at NC State University, Raleigh, NC in May 2008.

The Evaluation Team at the Friday Institute is a dynamic group of researchers from diverse professional backgrounds who collaborate to provide exemplary evaluation services. The Team is made up of full-time Friday Institute research staff, College of Education faculty, and part-time doctoral student research assistants who conduct evidence-based research with a commitment to mixed research methods that employ the most up-to-date tools and techniques. Collective areas of expertise include: project management; research design; qualitative and quantitative data collection strategies; analysis and interpretation; instrument development and validation techniques; report-writing; policy analysis; and proposal development.

Learn more about the Eval Team and their work at eval.fi.ncsu.edu


This event is an installment of the FI Seminar Series. The FI Seminar Series showcases innovative work from FI research and engagement teams, as well as that of our partners in the College of Education, throughout NC State University, and across the nation. These seminars are an opportunity for informal presentation, discussion and engagement in our community, allowing us to increase collaboration and advance our work by learning from colleagues and peers. The FI Seminar Series is open to the public.