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Agencies Need to Get Savvy About Low-Cost Program Evaluation

Government Executive, March 28, 2017

Tracking student outcomes through and after post-secondary education allows agencies and organizations to generate reliable evidence about how well their programs work and whether the results justify the costs. By embedding an evaluation into an existing program and using existing data through the National Student Clearinghouse, the researchers were able to demonstrate—inexpensively, in terms of research costs—that Bottom Line is producing effects that appear to justify its substantial program cost. Ongoing research will continue to inform this benefit-cost calculation. This strategy is being used by Bottom Line, an intensive college advising program that operates in Massachusetts, New York, and Chicago. Read more>

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