ICF conducted a formative and summative evaluation of three discretionary grant programs focused on dropout prevention to assess their implementation, effectiveness, and cost-effectiveness. This work highlights ICF’s expertise in designing quasi-experimental studies using a mixed-methods approach to measure the impact of program activities on student and teacher outcomes.
High School Success Pilot Programs (HSSPP) consists of three pilot programs—the Intensive Summer Programs (ISP), Mathematics Instructional Coaches (MIC) program, and the Collaborative Dropout Reduction (CDR) program—which seek to address high school success through the development of strategies in the areas of student transition through academic instruction, teacher coaching and professional development, and collaboration with community partners.
ICF used a multitiered approach to evaluate each of the pilot programs, which included three distinct phases: 1) implementation evaluation, 2) impact evaluation, and 3) cost analysis/sustainability study. Each phase used a mixed-methods approach, incorporating qualitative and quantitative data, to provide a comprehensive evaluation of each program. Site visits were conducted with a sample of school districts receiving grants through all three programs, while surveys were used to collect feedback from a wider group of stakeholders from all participating grantees.
Findings were presented to the state education agency and state legislature to inform decisions about these programs and related strategies to improve the dropout rate in Texas.
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