Online Journal of Workforce Education and Development
How can a large scale, multi-state, collaborative workforce development project be evaluated? This article describes the evaluation process of the Midwest Center for Information Technology (MCIT). The project uses “impact threads” to connect the outcomes of the project to strategic evaluation questions. The MCIT project, involving 10 public two-year colleges located in Nebraska, Iowa, South Dakota, and North Dakota, strives to assist partner colleges in enhancing information technology training and related degree programs. The MCIT was funded as a regional center within the Advanced Technological Education (ATE) program of the National Science Foundation (NSF). This article details the evaluation plan for the center, including how selected data is systematically mapped to impact threads and further illustrates the evaluation process by providing some examples of MCIT's progress.
Grandgenett, Neal; Ostler, Elliott; Applied Information Management Institute; and Surface, Jeanne L., "Evaluating a Four State Workforce Education Project: Questions of Investigative Interest and Impact" (2007). Teacher Education Faculty Publications. 30.