Education

PRG has been conducting high-quality evaluations on educational programming since 2004. We help our partners improve educational outcomes for youth and adults through the provision of rigorous effectiveness research and careful development and implementation analyses. PRG principals and analysts work in close coordination with educators, programmers, and policymakers to help them determine what works and what has utility in education.

We are leaders in economical rigorous efficacy research at the local and state level. We have years of experience in the development and use of cost-effective experimental and quasi-experimental designs for the purposes of causal inference. We also provide formative evaluation to help our partners implement practices, policies, or programs at any stage of development. Process, implementation, and fidelity assessments help clients realize educational innovations and improve outcomes. We continue to develop analytic frameworks that provide our clients and funding agencies with insight on educational outcomes.

As a mid-size firm, PRG is responsive. We remain attuned to the concerns and obligations of our partners. We work hard to provide them with the products they need and communicate findings with clarity. As a multi-disciplinary firm, we remain theoretically and methodologically agile. We can leverage methodological, technical, and measurement developments across disciplines to efficiently deliver the most rigorous research products for our clients. For over ten years, PRG has worked with state government, local districts, agencies, and community-based organizations to help develop and assess innovative and promising programs. PRG’s research has helped inform program and policy decisions at the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Labor. Our Director of Research is certified by the Department of Education Institute of Education Sciences in the What Works Clearinghouse (WWC) group design standards.

+ Pre-K — PRG conducted a three-year evaluation of the Early Childhood Services and Supports (ECSS) program designed to identify pre-K children with socio-emotional issues and help them to become school ready before entering kindergarten.

+ K-12 — PRG has evaluated programs in a number of key K-12 U.S. Department of Education (ED) funding areas, such as Investing in Innovation (i3) and Safe Schools/Healthy Students (SS/HS). The evaluations include both efficacy studies (RCTs and quasi-experimental designs) and implementation studies to help project partners identify key process and fidelity measures.

+ Afterschool – PRG has a long-standing interest in helping partners develop effective and useful afterschool and out-of-school time programs. PRG’s research has been included in an issue brief published by the Harvard Family Research Project (HFRP) and in HFRP’s testimony to the Committee on Education and Labor Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary and Secondary Education.

+ Adult Learning/Career Development – PRG works with colleges and universities, through funding such as TAACCCT, to measure the effectiveness and utility of higher-education programs. We help partners develop and implement programs that aim to help students stay in school, graduate, become employed, and obtain better, more stable and remunerative work.