Using Qualitative Data To Evaluate Learning Assistance Centers & Demonstrate Program Effectiveness
Participants will have a chance to review qualitative evaluation options and related methodologies, then make decisions to schedule and implement qualitative evaluation strategies within their learning assistance programs.
Sometimes programs use student surveys as the sole option for qualitative evaluation of their services. While it can be a practical approach, that method is limited and occasionally overused, which tends to lower student response rates and ratings. Learning about other ways to gather student opinions and explore their experiences with learning assistance services can increase response rates and expand the range of information that can be collected and used to improve services.
We learning assistance professionals are keenly aware of the increasing – and relevant – demand for demonstrations of program effectiveness. We want to use evaluation as a means of guiding changes toward improvement, and we want to assure students and faculty that our services are effective. That effectiveness can be explored in several ways, such as comparing program elements to known best practices and standards of excellence, examining positive changes in numerical measures, namely grades and retention rates, and seeking non-numerical input from both providers and receivers of services. These can be thought of as the standards, stats, and stories of evaluation.
The webinar focuses on qualitative evaluation methods – the stories – for learning assistance programs and their unique services. Qualitative methods typically focus on participants’ opinions and attitudes –
so-called “soft data” – but can also include a review of a program’s documents as well as observations of participants and their interactions with the learning assistance program. Qualitative data can be quantified (e.g., means and percentages of survey responses), but it is substantially different in how and what information is gathered to evaluate a program’s services.
After reviewing key elements of learning assistance evaluation and distinguishing between quantitative and qualitative methods, participants will focus on six different qualitative processes for program evaluation: two indirect methods (detached observation and document review) and four direct methods (case studies, interviews, focus groups, and surveys). Each process will include information on beneficial use as well as potential cautions.
The webinar will close with attention to the time demands of each method and allow attendees to consider how they can schedule and implement a variety of qualitative examinations of program effectiveness. Resources will be noted to support attendees as they pursue program evaluation at their institutions.
- Distinguish between quantitative and qualitative evaluation processes
- Explore six different qualitative options for program/service evaluation
- Determine options best suited for an overall program or individual services
- Schedule evaluations and identify necessary time/personnel resources
- Learning assistance program administrators & staff
- Institutional research/assessment staff
- Faculty whose students receive assistance
- Academic Services/Affairs
- Student Services/Affairs
- Any educator interested in learning more about using qualitative data to evaluate learning assistance programs/services
“There is such a wide range of qualitative methods for program evaluation! Certainly gathering student feedback through surveys is a powerful tool, but it’s far from the only option and may not be the best option for all programs or for unique services within a program.”
Jan Norton’s experiences include over 25 years of developing and managing learning assistance services. She earned the NCLCA Lifetime Learning Center Leadership certification and was recently named a CLADEA Fellow. Always a strong advocate for pursuing program improvement through assessment and evaluation, her graduate degree in Educational Research allowed her to focus on both quantitative and qualitative methods. Other training and education include the Kellogg Institute, the Winter Institute, TIDE, NACADA training, NCLCA Summer Institute, and ACT Assessment Institute; she also served as a trainer for Winter and NCLCA institutes.
Jan has supported learning assistance and developmental education practitioners in a variety of ways. She reviewed certification applications for CRLA and NADE; she assisted programs as an evaluation consultant and an accreditation reviewer. As a longtime CRLA member, she led two SIGs: Learning Assistance Center Management and Research & Evaluation. Jan and Dr. Karen Agee wrote a commissioned White Paper for CRLA (“Assessment of Learning Assistance Programs: Supporting Professionals in the Field”) and again collaborated on a program assessment chapter for the Spring 2018 Handbook of College Reading and Study Strategy Research (3rd ed.).
Now retired from the University of Iowa, Jan continues to enjoy learning and serving. Currently, she is on the editorial board for the Journal of Developmental Education, reviews applications for NCLCA Leadership certification, serves as a learning assistance program evaluation consultant, and continues to be a presenter and mentor at professional conferences.
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