Our Projects

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.

The Community College Information Technology Study

The Community College Information Technology Study

The Community College Information Technology (CCIT) is a longitudinal study, focused on two-year colleges in California that serve 2.7 million students each year. Previous research on community college (CC) students’ enrollment and persistence in Information Technology (IT) courses/programs is limited or has not focused exclusively on CC students.

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.

About Us: A Healthy Relationships Program for Vulnerable Youth

About Us: A Healthy Relationships Program for Vulnerable Youth

ETR was awarded a Personal Responsibility Education Innovative Strategies Program grant from the Family & Youth Services Bureau to refine and evaluate a relationships-based program called About Us. About Us is an innovative intervention that draws on developmental neuroscience principles to support young people in exploring and developing healthy romantic relationships and using condoms and highly effective contraceptives if having sex. ETR has partnered with the California School-Based Health Alliance to implement About Us in school-based health centers located in rural or suburban counties in California with large Hispanic populations. The evaluation is being conducted by Dr. Eric Walsh-Buhi and his team from the Graduate School of Public Health/ Institute for Behavioral and Community Health at San Diego State University. 

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%.

All4You! and All4You2!

All4You! and All4You2!

ETR was funded by the CDC to develop, implement and evaluate All4You!, a 2-component intervention (behavioral skills and community involvement/service learning) for youth in alternative schools with a high rate of sexual risk behaviors. The program was successful in reducing selected sexual risk-taking behaviors at 6 months.

With funding from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, ETR developed, implemented and evaluated the individual and combined effects of interventions that featured a skills- and norms-based curriculum, All4You2!, and/or service learning. The study involved youth in continuation schools. Results show modest short-term impacts of the skills-based curriculum, but not the service-learning or the combined service-learning/curriculum intervention.

The Benefits of Computer Game Programming: A Research Synthesis

The Benefits of Computer Game Programming: A Research Synthesis

The goal of this project is to systematically analyze and summarize research on the benefits of computer game programming for children. In the last decade, there has been a dramatic increase in the number of tools and opportunities for children and young adults to learn to program computer games, but no accumulation of knowledge about what children learn, the best pedagogical strategies, and which tools and learning environments promote different kinds of outcomes, and for whom. The methodology will use an integrative approach, specifically a meta-synthesis, which is an interpretive integration of qualitative and quantitative research findings based on a systematic literature search and analysis process. The study will go through seven steps, and a panel of content and methodology experts will evaluate the rigor and transparency at each step of the analysis process. The results will be written up and shared with three audiences: academic researchers, educators and program developers, and funders.

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 >>

Boot Camp or University Classroom? Preparing Women and Underrepresented Minorities for the Software Development Workforce

Boot Camp or University Classroom? Preparing Women and Underrepresented Minorities for the Software Development Workforce

With the rapid rise of coding boot camps promising training that leads directly to lucrative jobs, industry has more options for finding trained employees to fill software development jobs. However, it is not well understood who attends these boot camps and how the training they offer aligns with workforce needs. This study—a collaborative work with the College of Charleston—investigates what skills and knowledge both coding boot camps and university computer science programs offer to their students and how these align with the skills and knowledge that employers seek in newly minted software developers.

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.

California's Clean Air Project

California's Clean Air Project

This project primarily addresses the following priority population(s): American Indian and Low Income American Indian populations.California's Clean Air Project (CCAP) will work in the following geographical communities: Statewide in the 33 counties where American Indian populations reside. CCAP shares the belief of the State and many others working in tobacco control: All workers should have the right to be protected from the dangers of SHS in their workplaces. Read more >>

Can Pair Programming Reduce the Gender Gap in Computing? A Study of Middle School Students Learning to Program

Can Pair Programming Reduce the Gender Gap in Computing? A Study of Middle School Students Learning to Program

This study aims to understand the conditions under which pair programming can foster the kind of thinking and problem solving that will prepare middle school students to pursue and persist in computing fields. The design experiment involves 80 girls and boys from a range of socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds who are enrolled in game programming classes. Read more >>

CDC Division of Adolescent and School Health (DASH) Professional Development Project

CDC Division of Adolescent and School Health (DASH) Professional Development Project

ETR coordinated and developed capacity-building services for 27 CDC-funded non-government organizations (NGOs) serving a range of constituents, including juvenile justice providers, service providers to runaway/homeless youth, and state and local education agencies. In collaboration with DASH staff, ETR developed and conducted a comprehensive needs assessment process to inform an annual calendar of CBA events, in the form of multi- and single-day trainings, roundtable discussions, webinars and workshops addressing both content and functions.

CDC Division of Adolescent and School Health (DASH) Programs That Work

CDC Division of Adolescent and School Health (DASH) Programs That Work

ETR, in partnership with CDC-DASH, spearheaded the first national “Programs that Work” initiative, which built the capacity of state and local education agencies (SEAs and LEAs) to disseminate and institutionalize HIV/STD evidence-based interventions (EBIs) and other health education programs. This work included training and technical assistance on EBI selection and implementation, as well as policy and environmental elements necessary for adoption and institutionalization, including gaining stakeholder buy-in and developing infrastructure needed for effective implementation and sustainability. This program reached all 77 funded SEAs and LEAs and provided training to over 250 school districts nationwide.

CDC Division of Adolescent and School Health (DASH) Survive Outside

CDC Division of Adolescent and School Health (DASH) Survive Outside

ETR provided national capacity-building assistance for staff in alternative schools, homeless youth organizations and juvenile justice to implement evidence-based and evidence-informed HIV/STD prevention and sexual health promotion practices and policies. The project worked at the policy level by assisting sites in educating stakeholders and providing training to staff who work directly with youth, and also facilitated linkages between youth and sexual health services, particularly youth-friendly HIV/STD testing. The project reached nearly 20,000 high-risk youth in hundreds of juvenile justice facilities and alternative schools from 25 states, and trained staff from 106 agencies who then conducted training events for community stakeholders.

CDC Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention Capacity Building Project

CDC Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention Capacity Building Project

ETR built and managed the Capacity Building Resource Center (CRC), an online resource designed to facilitate communication and collaboration between the CDC-funded Capacity Building Assistance (CBA) providers and CDC’s Capacity Building Branch (CBB) key staff, with the goal of improving the delivery and effectiveness of HIV prevention services provided to the nation’s workforce who serve populations at risk for HIV. The interactive, password-protected website allowed CBA Providers access to timely CDC news alerts and documents related to public health and included a resource library, webinars, CBA provider directory and e-learning courses. Center staff coordinated and archived monthly CBA Network calls; ensured quality of materials through review, assessment and approval by CDC; and completed a yearly assessment of current and future TA needs for CRC services.

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