Learning Community Program Evaluation Project
Beginning in fall 2012, the Washington Center is launching a new action research project focused on learning community program evaluation. This project aims to strengthen our collective practice around learning community program assessment and evaluation.
The Learning Community Program Evaluation Project has two components. The first focuses on taking stock of current practice in the field through the administration of a national survey on the quantitative, qualitative, and mixed-method tools campuses use to assess their learning community programs. The survey will also ask how campuses use these assessment results to inform and improve practice and whether there are any unmet assessment needs.
Based on this national survey—and a synthesis of the results—the Washington Center will issue a call for participation for the second component of the evaluation: a campus cohort implementation project, where interested campuses will be invited to use a shared set of the most promising tools as a way to develop a public framework for learning community program assessment and evaluation. This stage of the project will also field test emerging assessment tools.
If you have comments or ideas about this project, please send them to the Washington Center.