Program Improvement

Large-scale randomized controlled trials of programs are an integral component of the evidence-building process. The two biggest academic intervention programs in our state—Reading Corps and Math Corps—are both supported by rigorous evaluation research. Yet simply knowing that programs work is not enough. Oftentimes programs can make minor changes to improve their efficiency or effectiveness. Those changes should be guided by data.

Through the application of defensible methodologies and the use of our state-of-the-art database, Program Improvement projects study specific components of program implementation, with the goal of improving program efficiency and effectiveness.

For example, in the context of Reading Corps we might ask:

  • Are we identifying the “right” students for intervention?
  • Are our methods for progress monitoring yielding reliable data for decision-making?
  • Are our decisions regarding when students are ready for program release valid?
  • Can we improve our reach within schools—without reducing our impact—by increasing the intervention group size?

These are all questions that the research community continues to grapple with in a broad sense, but they are also questions that yield incredibly useful information for programs—bearing in mind that thousands of students interact with Reading Corps and Math Corps tutors each day. 

Learn more about some of the projects by clicking below.