Research & Evaluation
Who We Are
The Research and Evaluation team brings the techniques of quantitative analysis, research, and program evaluation to help identify, adjust, and evaluate our district-wide strategies. This includes the Research Review Board, which sets standards for and coordinates research in our districts schools with external research partners.
In all of our work, we are committed to demonstrating the DPS Core Values of Equity, Integrity, Collaboration, Accountability, Students First and Fun. One way we are demonstrating our commitment to Students First is through our student-centered "In Our Shoes" Research Project. This year, we have also renewed and deepened our commitment to Equity by articulating and committing to a set of Guidelines for Equity-Focused Research & Evaluation.
What is our Agenda?
The evaluation team works closely with DPS’s senior leadership team to prioritize their research for the year. The list of work can be found here. Their main focus is on district priorities and high impact evaluation work.
The lead researchers support their home divisions throughout the year to assist them in answering their most pressing questions that will help close the student achievement gap. This work is based on the current needs of the division and the school-year calendar.
What does our work look like?
How to work with us?
...questions about surveys or evaluation projects...
...Equity & Engagement Division Requests...
...Academic Division Requests...
...questions about external researchers working with or in the district...
How will we work with you?
We will work with you to understand your problem of practice. Through this approach we will help identify how to best address your question. This could be through progress monitoring, short to long cycle program evaluations, advanced analytics, interviews, focus groups, or a host of other methodologies. Our commitment to you is to identify the most effective technique to answer your question.
What will you get from working with us?
A sound methodological approach to answer your research question. We can help design logic models to answer complex research questions or to evaluate programs or we can provide analytical work to help guide future projects. We have a wide breadth of research-oriented skills to help you answer your more difficult questions. And most importantly we are customer service oriented, passionate, and WE PLAY FOR TEAM DPS!!!
How do we impact DPS
We impact DPS by helping identify which district initiatives and programs are having an impact on our students. Through this effort we can help drive change by helping our district leaders decide on how to improve programs and which programs should continue. In short, we help measure the IMPACT of the district efforts to close the achievement gap.