Network Lead:

Evaluability Assessment: Identification of CTE Programs Ready for Rigorous Evaluation

About the Research Study

In 2019, the Network Lead is implementing an evaluability assessment (also called a feasibility study) to identify a small number of current CTE programs, models, or pathways that are ready to be rigorously evaluated. The process will begin with broad outreach to the CTE community to give a variety of CTE stakeholders the opportunity to nominate programs or models to be studied. The Network Lead research team will then work with representatives of nominated programs to understand key components—for example, students’ experiences in the program, the enrollment process, and how many students participate—and gather data to assess the possibility for rigorous research.

Once programs have been identified that show potential for evaluation, the research team will vet additional details to verify a theory of change and confirm stakeholder desire to participate in research. Following site visits to a small number of potential candidates, the team will recommend a final set of programs based on the strength of the possible research model and the contribution the research would make in addressing gaps in the field. A final report will present the best candidates for research as well as information on the entire process and all programs investigated.

Study period: 2019–2020

This project is supported by the Institute of Education Sciences, U.S. Department of Education, through Grant R305N180005 to the American Institutes for Research (AIR).

About the Research Team

The research team includes representatives from the four Network Lead partners: American Institutes for Research, Association for Career and Technical Education, Jobs for the Future, and Vanderbilt University.