Document analysis: A review of any pertinent documents related to the project
Focus groups and interviews: Inquiries are structured around the stages of the project:
planning, early implementation, continuous improvement, and later implementation.
Project staff, students, educators, and industry representatives are included.
Surveys and questionnaires: As appropriate, further information will be gathered through
this modality. New Growth has varied experience in survey construction, implementation,
The evaluation will allow for both formative and summative inquiries. Activities informing
the formative evaluation will focus on how the project is being implemented, how implementation
compares to the intent, the likelihood of successful completion of the objectives,
feedback that can be used for continuous improvement, and budget considerations. Activities
informing the summative evaluation will depend on data collection throughout the project
and focus on measuring outcomes to answer the evaluation questions.
The New Growth Group LLC will serve as the external evaluator for this project. New
Growth is an evaluation and analytics firm based in Cleveland, Ohio, specializing
in workforce development. A veteran-owned business, new Growth was founded on the
principle that people are the most important parts of business success and regional
growth. New Growth has extensive experience conducting large-scale, multi-stakeholder
evaluations of community college-led projects using qualitative, mixed methods, and
comparative or quasi-experimental approaches. For example, New Growth has evaluated
or is evaluating nine U.S. Department of Labor grants in Trade Adjustment Assistance
Community College Career Training.
The evaluation team will be led by Chris Spence, New Growth’s principal. Mr. Spence
has over 15 years of experience in workforce development, project evaluation, and
analytics. He holds two master’s degrees from New York University’s Wagner School
of Public Service. His experience has incorporated designs including experimental
and quasi-experimental, and formative and summative. His clients have included colleges
and universities, school districts, government agencies, philanthropies, and community
organizations throughout the U.S.