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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.

Since 2003, the Evaluation Team has managed large-scale evaluations of educational innovations involving tens of thousands of students, teachers, and school leaders in schools and districts across the state, including ongoing evaluations completed in cooperation with the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) to evaluate education technology innovation grants and the impact of the state’s federal Race to the Top-funded initiatives.

Through these experiences, the Team has gained a deep respect for the hard work of educators at all levels, and has developed a unique and comprehensive understanding of innovations in K-12 public education in North Carolina and nationally. Strong working relationships with national, state, and local education leaders, stakeholders, and policymakers facilitate Team access to the data, participants, and personnel necessary for conducting meaningful evaluation and research and position the Team to contribute to effective, data-driven decision-making for the continuous improvement of teaching and learning.