Housed in the College of Education at the University of Iowa, the Center for Evaluation and Assessment (CEA) conducts multiple forms of program evaluation in collaboration with colleges, universities, and school systems throughout the United States. Program evaluators do formative and summative work, utilizing a variety of methodologies to meet the needs of project stakeholders.
Under charter since 1992, the CEA has been a Board of Regents approved center, and it has completed over 150 evaluations of educational and social programs. Project funding has come from the National Science Foundation, National Institute of Health, United States Department of Education, United States Department of Health and Human Services, United States Housing and Urban Development, Iowa Department of Education, Massachusetts Department of Elementary & Secondary Education, California Department of Education, and other sources. CEA services not only inform projects and decision-making but also advance evaluation work and methodologies, including the measurement and assessment of applied educational initiatives.
Liz Hollingworth serves as the CEA Director. Don Yarbrough, who founded the CEA, served as Director from 1992 to 2015. CEA staff and evaluators collaborate to write program evaluation proposals, design and implement evaluation methodologies, communicate with project staff and stakeholders, and report evaluation results to stakeholders and funding agencies. In addition, CEA staff write and publish peer-reviewed articles, chapters, books, and other items that disseminate sound program evaluation and assessment practices.
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