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Design high-impact professional learning programs with results-based evaluations With increasing accountability pressure for evidence-based strategies and ever-tightening budgets, you want to make sure that the time, effort, and resources you are investing in your professional learning programs is truly making an impact on educator effectiveness and student achievement. In this third edition of Assessing Impact, Joellen Killion guides administrators, professional learning leaders, school improvement teams, and evaluators step by step through the rigors of producing an effective, in-depth, results-based analysis of your professional learning programs. A recognized expert in professional learning, Killion emphasizes the critical role of evaluation in bolstering effectiveness and retaining stakeholder support for ongoing educator development. The methods outlined here help you: • Adhere to changes in federal and state policy relating to professional learning and educator development • Facilitate the use of extensive datasets crucial for measuring feasibility, equity, sustainability, and impact of professional learning • Produce more powerful, data-driven professional learning programs that benefit both students and educators • Evaluate the effectiveness and impact of professional learning to make data-informed decisions and increase quality and results Assessing Impact is a vital resource for staff developers and educational leaders seeking to improve the effectiveness and sustainability of professional learning, while retaining the support of parents and the public alike. Praise for the Second Edition: “Anyone who reads this book has to feel obligated to ‘set their world on fire.’ The text not only forces the reader to see how we are failing our children and their teachers, it provides the means for each of us to do better.” —Michael J. Ford, Superintendent Phelps-Clifton Springs CSD, Clifton Springs, NY

Construct the Evaluation Framework
Construct the Evaluation Framework

This chapter provides an overview of the tasks in constructing an evaluation framework or plan for an evaluation and describes the steps necessary to accomplish this work. The chapter also includes discussion of whether practitioners in schools, school systems, or other agencies can lead the work or if an external evaluator is necessary to support the work.

Visualizing The Evaluation Framework

An evaluation framework is a plan that outlines how the evaluation will occur. It answers essential questions about the procedures; the types of data (qualitative and quantitative); the timeline; the data-collection methods, tools, and techniques; and the people responsible. Patton (2008) cites the opening lines from Rudyard Kipling’s The Elephant’s Child (1942) as an apt way for considering ...

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