top of page

Research & Evaluation (CPRE)

CPRE builds leadership capacity and provides high value consultation and technical assistance in community and school health assessment, evaluation, and program delivery.

Center staff and consultants include doctoral and masters-prepared health and education professionals with extensive experience in health program planning, delivery, assessment, and evaluation. This experience includes project direction for county and municipal community health assessments; strategic health improvement planning; rigorous health-related evaluation projects for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, CT Department of Public Health, and CT Department of Education; and coordination of health initiatives in schools and communities throughout Connecticut.

The Center for Program Research & Evaluation (CPRE) at EdAdvance was created in 2008 to provide exceptional assessment, research, and evaluation services for educational, health, and human services agencies and non-profit organizations.

Our specialized services are designed to improve and support organizational capacity to effectively use research, assessment, and evaluation processes for continuous program improvement resulting in enhanced outcomes. 

We Believe:

  • The purpose of evaluation is to collect, analyze, and interpret relevant data using evidence-based methods.

  • The evaluation process should be customized and meaningful to the organization and its stakeholders.

  • Evaluation supports the ability of an organization to understand and improve the impact of its programs and services.

  • Evaluation is an educational and collaborative process.

  • Evaluation must be timely, efficient, and effective.

Our Services

  • Evaluation of K-12 and post-secondary STEM, English language arts, and health educational programs

  • Development of comprehensive, user-friendly evaluation plans

  • Support for data teams at instructional, school, and district levels

  • Strategic Health Improvement Planning

  • Quantitative research using QED, mixed-methods, and RCT methodologies.

  • Qualitative research including survey and focus group design, key informant interviews, and classroom observations

  • Creation, scoring, and analysis of student assessments linked to state and national standards.

  • Community and School Health Assessments

    • Health survey development, administration, and analysis

    • Health data research and report preparation

    • Evaluation of health programs and services

    • Delivery of school health programs

  • Evaluation of curriculum alignment with 21st century skills across content areas.

  • Evaluation of curriculum alignment with CCSS and NGSS standards. 

  • Community engagement activities, including facilitating Community Forums, Focus Groups, and conducting Key Informant Interviews

  • Organizational support in setting goals, prioritizing tasks, and providing realistic, actionable, and smart solutions that lead to effective decision-making and planning

  • Nutrition & Fitness

  • Training and Consulting in:

    • Early Childhood/Pre-K Nutrition and Health

    • School Health Index Assessment & Improvement Planning

    • Healthy Food Service Planning and Enhancements

Our Team

CPRE staff and consultants include doctoral and masters-prepared education professionals. We have high level experience in educational and non-profit research and evaluation, curriculum review and alignment, teacher evaluation, and creation and implementation of validated student and program level assessments, and community and school health assessments.

CPRE experience includes rigorous evaluation projects funded by the CT Department of Education, CT Department of Public Health, the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Department of Education, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the U.S. Department of Defense, the U.S. Department of Labor, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as well as many universities and school districts. 

Our Experts Are Ready to Assist You

With specialized expertise in the fields of K-12 education, public health, qualitative and quantitative research, evaluation, and health improvement planning, our team is positioned to effectively and efficiently:

  • Manage the collection, analysis, and interpretation of health-related data;

  • Design and conduct focus groups, surveys, and key informant interviews;

  • Identify and assist in the prioritization of health needs within your community; and

  • Collaborate with key partners to develop your community’s Health Assessment + Improvement Plan.

*Our team works collaboratively with your organization to design and deliver health assessment, evaluation, and program services tailored to your specific needs and budget. 

Download Samples of Our Work

NW CT HEC Priority Aims Assessment Data Scan & Community Engagement Activities Report

Community Health Needs Assessment  2015 Update for NWCT

Litchfield County CHNA Executive Summary 

Litchfield County 2012 Community Health Needs Assessment

For more info, contact:

Elizabeth Radday, Ed.D.

Director of Center for Program Research & Evaluation

860-567-0863 x1176


For more info, contact:

Glass, Ph.D

Director of Center for Program Research & Evaluation

860-567-0863 x1194


bottom of page