Areas of Expertise
Program Support and Evaluation
AIR’s team of evaluation and workforce experts work with government and private sector clients to develop and improve programs, systems, and processes to optimize organizational performance. We conduct process and impact evaluations, applying our expertise in research design, data collection, and quantitative and qualitative analysis to determine program effectiveness and to identify best practices. Our evaluations provide concrete, actionable recommendations to align and improve programs, systems, and work processes.
Selected by the U.S. Library of Congress, AIR is conducting a five-year scientifically-rigorous evaluation of ten mentoring enhancement demonstration projects funded by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.
AIR’s experts provide support for all aspects of the National Household Education Survey (NHES), a program that provides descriptive data on the educational activities of the U.S. population.
The Schools and Staffing Survey (SASS), sponsored by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), is an integrated sample survey of public and private schools, school districts, principals, teachers, and public school libraries. SASS data, which are collected every four years, inform decision makers and provides researchers with a wealth of relevant data on the nation’s elementary and secondary schools. AIR provides support for all aspects of SASS.
The Wisconsin Reading First program, a federally funded K–3 literacy improvement initiative, was implemented by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction from 2003 to 2008. The goal of the program was to improve student reading achievement through the provision of targeted professional development on scientifically based reading research practices, high-quality materials, training, and instructional support. The evaluation tracked program implementation through classroom observations, teacher surveys, and interviews conducted at Reading First schools and a sample of matched comparison schools. To assess program impact, the evaluation examined improvement over time in student reading proficiency relative to both state performance standards and the reading performance of students in matched comparison schools.