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ETR can support your organization or project in numerous ways to best fulfill your goals. Whether you need short-term capacity-building assistance, customized trainings, program evaluations, full-scale research projects, technical assistance clearinghouses, or high-quality print and digital resources, we can help. Please review our core competencies to learn more about our areas of expertise.

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A Coordinated, Cross-Institutional Career and Technical Education Cybersecurity Pathway

A Coordinated, Cross-Institutional Career and Technical Education Cybersecurity Pathway

This Research-Practice partnership is a collaboration between Pajaro Valley Unified School District, Digital NEST, Cabrillo College, and Education, Training, Research. The goal is to strengthen, connect, and expand existing efforts to increase the number of Latinx students who enter and stay on a path to computer information systems (CIS) at a community college and the workforce.

Computing for the Social Good: A Research-Practice Partnership to Increase Equity among Students and Parents

Computing for the Social Good: A Research-Practice Partnership to Increase Equity among Students and Parents

This project is a collaboration between Santa Cruz City Schools, the Santa Cruz Education Foundation, and Education, Training, Research (ETR), with additional researchers from Stanford University and the University of California. The funds will be used to motivate, prepare and support teachers to integrate equity-oriented computer science into core curriculum with supports for English language development; Develop a K-8 pathway that attracts students and families by preparing them to be citizens who use CS for the social good; Build family engagement and competence through computer literacy and leadership activities, and Grow our Research-Practice Partnership.

Extra Innings: Using Serious Games and the Science of Baseball to Teach Science and Mathematics

Extra Innings: Using Serious Games and the Science of Baseball to Teach Science and Mathematics

ETR is working with dfusion inc. and the Science of Sport to develop and evaluate a serious gaming app that complements the Science of Baseball curriculum for elementary and middle school students.

Impactathons: Student-Led Peer-to-Peer Learning in Community Social-Change Technology Projects

Impactathons: Student-Led Peer-to-Peer Learning in Community Social-Change Technology Projects

ETR is serving as the external evaluator for a project led by the University of California, Santa Cruz. The goal is to understand the effectiveness of student-led, peer-to-peer learning in applied social change settings, for overcoming barriers to effectively learning and using digital technologies for historically marginalized populations.

Leveling the Field: Increasing the Preparedness and Belonging of Underrepresented Community College Students in Computing

Leveling the Field: Increasing the Preparedness and Belonging of Underrepresented Community College Students in Computing

ETR has partnered with Las Positas College in Livermore, CA to develop and test an intensive intervention open to students enrolled in introductory computer science the following semester. The program is designed to increase the confidence and preparation of community college students traditionally underrepresented in computer science. Our goal is to grow the success and retention of these students in computer science classes.

Sustainability in STEM

Sustainability in STEM

ETR is serving as the external evaluator for a project led by Cabrillo College. The goal is to develop and revise key STEM curricula to infuse content and resources related to environmental sustainability and to develop/pilot student-centered services that promote STEM success, persistence, degree completion, and transfer.

AIM 4 Teen Moms

AIM 4 Teen Moms

ETR is serving as external evaluator of CHLA’s adaptation of Project AIM for teen moms. AIM 4 Teen Moms is an individualized intervention for teen moms age 15-19 with one child between the ages of 1 and 7 months. It includes 7 one-on-one sessions in the teen’s home and 2 group sessions. The evaluation is an individual level randomized controlled trial that includes a baseline, 12-month, 24-month, and 36-month survey administered via an audio computer assisted interview (ACASI). ETR successfully recruited 950 teens for participation in the study. The 12-month follow-up rate was 85% and 24-month is running at more than 80%.

Beyond Marketing to Stealth Recruitment: Creating ICT Pathways from High School to College and Work for Underrepresented Groups

Beyond Marketing to Stealth Recruitment: Creating ICT Pathways from High School to College and Work for Underrepresented Groups

This project is building technical education pathways that motivate and prepare rural, high school students from underrepresented groups to enter and stay on information and communications technology (ICT) pathways. It involves two key strategies: building strong, sustainable partnerships across high schools, community colleges, and employers, and infusing ICT skills into digital media high school classes and aligning them with college classes and workforce needs. This “stealth recruitment” approach is in contrast to most efforts that take a marketing approach that tries to convince students of the value of ICT classes; instead it leverages students’ interests in digital media and contextualizes their learning. Read more >>

C2STEM: Learning by Modeling: A Collaborative and Synergistic Approach to K-12 Computing and STEM Education

C2STEM: Learning by Modeling: A Collaborative and Synergistic Approach to K-12 Computing and STEM Education

ETR is serving as the external evaluation for a multi-institutional project that employs Evidence-Centered Design (ECD) principles to design and develop a collaborative, computational STEM (C2STEM) learning environment. C2STEM employs a learning-by-modeling paradigm that combines visual programming with domain specific modeling languages (DSMLs) to promote synergistic learning of discipline-specific (e.g., physics, marine biology) and computer science (computational thinking) concepts and practices.

The Digital NEST: Building Pathways to Computing Education and Careers for Latino/a Youth

The Digital NEST: Building Pathways to Computing Education and Careers for Latino/a Youth

This project aims to identify effective strategies that community technology centers can use to prepare, support and motivate underserved high school students to pursue and persist in computer science courses and careers. This is a partnership between ETR and a community technology center called the Digital NEST that prepares Latino/a high school students for the tech workforce. 

Evaluations of Promising Prevention Programs and Coordinated School Health Programs

Evaluations of Promising Prevention Programs and Coordinated School Health Programs

ETR provided rapid evaluation technical assistance to agencies funded by the CDC's Division of Adolescent and School Health to implement innovative health programs, including nutrition, physical activity and HIV prevention programs. Staff worked with selected sites to provide assistance in the development of evaluation plans, data collection, data analysis and synthesis, and dissemination of findings.

It's Your Game: Keep It Real Replication Study

It's Your Game: Keep It Real Replication Study

The purpose of this study is to evaluate the implementation and impact of “It’s Your Game: Keep It Real” (IYG), an evidenced-based middle school program featuring a 24-session multi-component intervention for 7th and 8th grades (12 50-minute sessions each year) in new schools and using trained educators to deliver the program. IYG’s goal is to reduce unintended pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections by delaying the initiation of sex (primary emphasis) and increasing condom use and reducing the number of sexual partners (secondary emphases). ETR serves as the independent evaluator sub-contracted by the University of Texas Houston Health Science Center, which was awarded funding by the U.S. Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health, Office of Adolescent Health. Read more >>

Keep It Real South Carolina

Keep It Real South Carolina

The purpose of this study is to evaluate the implementation and impact of “It’s Your Game: Keep It Real” (IYG), an evidenced-based middle school program featuring a 24-session multi-component intervention for 7th and 8th grades (12 50-minute sessions each year) in a new region. IYG’s goal is to reduce unintended pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections by delaying the initiation of sex (primary emphasis) and increasing condom use and reducing the number of sexual partners (secondary emphases). ETR serves as the independent evaluator sub-contracted by the South Carolina Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy, which was awarded funding by the U.S. Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health, Office of Adolescent Health. Read more >>

Making Healthy Decisions Evaluation

Making Healthy Decisions Evaluation

ETR partners with Carnegie Mellon University and West Virginia University as the external evaluator of Making Healthy Decisions, a study that is testing the impact of an after-school blended-learning program for girls ages 14-19. The sexual health program (called Your Move) will be rigorously evaluated using a group randomized control trial to evaluate the effectiveness of the intervention on self-reported sexual behaviors over a nine-month longitudinal follow-up. Outcomes will be compared to a control group that receives an attention control intervention focused on healthy eating (called Eat Smart).  

MCAH Statewide TPP Training and Evaluation Project

MCAH Statewide TPP Training and Evaluation Project

MCAH funds local Teen Pregnancy Prevention (TPP) Programs throughout the state to utilize a variety of approaches and strategies to reduce rates of teenage pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections, assist adolescents in accessing clinical services, and influence programming with the intent of improving the sexual and reproductive health and well-being of California’s adolescents. The programs are categorized as I&E (Information and Evaluation) and PREP (Personal Responsibility Education Program).

Oakland Unified School District Evaluation Project

Oakland Unified School District Evaluation Project

ETR serves as evaluator on two federally-funded project operated by the Oakland Unified School District. First, ETR manages the administration of the CDC’s Youth Risk Behavior Survey in High Schools, coordinating survey appointment scheduling, providing trained survey proctors, monitoring overall survey completion, and assembling materials for delivery to the CDC. On the second project, ETR serves as evaluator to the Districts CDC-funded HIV Prevention Program to accomplish data collection and analysis requirements of the program.

Project Legacy Evaluation

Project Legacy Evaluation

ETR serves as the external evaluator to our partner Children's Hospital of Los Angeles on Project Legacy. Project Legacy is an adaptation of Project AIM (Adult Identity Monitoring) for homeless youth. Project AIM is a group level intervention based on the Theory of Possible Selves, which proposes that individuals are motivated in their present life by mental images of possible future selves, and that a person’s motivation is determined by a balance of positive and negative ways people see themselves in the future. Children’s Hospital Los Angeles will develop the adapted program and will be evaluated among homeless youth age 15-19 in Los Angeles and San Diego Counties. 

SafeStart Evaluation

SafeStart Evaluation

As part of a national demonstration project funded by for the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP), ETR designed and implemented a 5-year evaluation of policy reforms and services for children exposed to domestic violence. We used surveys, interviews, focus groups, and structured observations to examine the impact of system change within San Francisco’s criminal justice system and newly-implemented services across six neighborhood-based family resource centers.

San Francisco Unified School District Student, Family & Community Support Evaluation

San Francisco Unified School District Student, Family & Community Support Evaluation

For over twenty years, ETR has served as the lead evaluation agency for the School Health Programs Office of the San Francisco Unified School District’s Student, Family & Community Support Department. We monitor and evaluate a wide-ranging portfolio of grant-funded programs and services focused on improving the health and well-being of the District’s 60,000 students. In 2013, topics included tobacco use prevention; youth in foster care; mentoring programs; online service documentation systems, alcohol use prevention and reduction; HIV/AIDS education; administration of the CDC’s Youth Risk Behavior Survey, nutrition and physical activity promotion; school nursing and social work services, school counseling, and asthma.

SFUSD Young Men's Health Project Evaluation

SFUSD Young Men's Health Project Evaluation

ETR serves as the program evaluation agency for the San Francisco Unified School District’s (SFUSD) Young Men’s Health Project, which pilots, implements, and evaluates programming for young men of color who have sex with men (YMSM). The goal of the SFUSD’s Young Men’s Health Project – funded by the CDC's Division of Adolescent and School Health – is to improve the health and safety of young men, increase student participation in comprehensive sexual health education, increase students’ access to and utilization of community based sexual health services, and decrease HIV/STD infections among young men. 

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