NS4Ed Research & Evaluation Services
We provide actionable research, both qualitative and quantitative, to support education initiatives and priorities. NS4ed primarily specializes in
- K- 12 Education,
- Post Secondary and
- Business and Industry
Areas of focus include: Career and College Readiness, Work Based Learning, Instructional Technology, ESL / ELL, Social and Emotional Learning, STEM and Core Instruction,
We take great pride in our ability to apply our 25 plus years of education experience to solving our partners’ most difficult research challenges. At NS4ed, we focus on education policy and it’s impact on reform and improvement and measure key finding to match ideal practices and implementation need.
Please allow us to partner with you to identify actionable research that yields positive results. Allow us the opportunity to add additional insight and perspective to your organization.
NS4ed partners with state and local entities to provide research, policy and practice deliverables that yield high value and actionable results. We offer a unique perspective on gathering data and understanding the policy effect and implications for developing models that yield mission critical change in a community, district or organization.
Ethnography or Case Studies (Qualitative Research)
Purpose: A qualitative research study provides insights into the fidelity of program areas. This approach typically would result in an in-depth, descriptive report specific to the community or program areas of service. The results could be used to gain an in-depth understanding of typical usage, perceived strengths or the program as well as potential areas for growth. Timeframe: 9-12 months.
Quasi-Experimental Research (Quantitative or Mixed Methods)
Purpose: The quasi-experimental, mixed methods research would enable users to better understand the changes that occur over time related to short-term (and possibly the intermediate outcomes). This research gathers both quantitative data and/or qualitative data to describe both the sample of program areas and the implementation characteristics that could be occurring. Typically, the program uses a pre-/post-test design that explores relationships between and among variables, characteristics and attitudes, environmental issues, and early indicators (short-term and intermediate outcomes) before and after participation. The study would be identifying and mapping the strength of any correlations between the type, duration, and elements associated with use and the outcomes in a logic model. The results would provide the community and/or program directors with indicators as to whether or not the program is on the right track toward intermediate and long-term goals and as an indicator as to which elements of the program are most highly correlated. (12 to 30 months)
Random Control Comparison Trial
Purpose: Randomized Controlled trial (or randomized control trial; RCT) is a type of scientific experiment which aims to reduce bias when testing a new treatment. The people participating in the trial are randomly allocated to either the group receiving the treatment under investigation or to a group receiving standard treatment (or placebo treatment) as the control. The RCT is often considered the gold standard for a clinical trial. RCTs are often used to test the efficacy or effectiveness of various types of education intervention. (2 to 3 years)
Sample Partner Engagements:
NMPED – http://www.echs-nm.com/
Digital Promise – http://www.aesa.us/blog/?p=126
Contact NS4ed for evaluation services and review – jgoins@NS4ed.com.