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Assessing Impact

Assessing Impact
Evaluating Professional Learning

Third Edition

A Joint Publication with Learning Forward

February 2018 | 320 pages | Corwin

Design high-impact professional learning programs with results-based evaluations

With increasing accountability pressure for evidence-based strategies and ever-tightening budgets, you want to make sure that the time, effort, and resources you are investing in your professional learning programs is truly making an impact on educator effectiveness and student achievement. 

In this third edition of Assessing Impact, Joellen Killion guides administrators, professional learning leaders, school improvement teams, and evaluators step by step through the rigors of producing an effective, in-depth, results-based analysis of your professional learning programs. A recognized expert in professional learning, Killion emphasizes the critical role of evaluation in bolstering effectiveness and retaining stakeholder support for ongoing educator development. The methods outlined here help you:

  • Adhere to changes in federal and state policy relating to professional learning and educator development
  • Facilitate the use of extensive datasets crucial for measuring feasibility, equity, sustainability, and impact of professional learning
  • Produce more powerful, data-driven professional learning programs that benefit both students and educators
  • Evaluate the effectiveness and impact of professional learning to make data-informed decisions and increase quality and results

Assessing Impact is a vital resource for staff developers and educational leaders seeking to improve the effectiveness and sustainability of professional learning, while retaining the support of parents and the public alike. 

Praise for the Second Edition:

"Anyone who reads this book has to feel obligated to 'set their world on fire.' The text not only forces the reader to see how we are failing our children and their teachers, it provides the means for each of us to do better."
—Michael J. Ford, Superintendent
Phelps-Clifton Springs CSD, Clifton Springs, NY


About the Author
1. Evaluation as Normative Practice
2. Professional Learning Program Evaluation Overview
3. Evaluating Professional Learning
4. Assess Evaluability
5. Formulate Evaluation Questions
6. Construct the Evaluation Framework
7. Collect Data
8. Organize, Analyze, and Display Data
9. Interpret Data
10. Report, Disseminate, and Use Findings
11. Evaluate the Evaluation
12. Shifting Perspectives About Evaluating Professional Learning
Appendix A: ESSA Definition of Professional Development
Appendix B: Standards to Guide Evaluation of Professional Learning Programs
Appendix C: Logic Model Templates
Appendix D: Sample Logic Models
Appendix E: Sample Evaluation Planning Tools
Appendix F: Sample Evaluation Planning Tool Templates
Appendix G: Sample Data-Collection Instruments
Appendix H: Step-by-Step Evaluation Guide

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter 1: Evaluation as Normative Practice

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ISBN: 9781506395951

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