EIR / i3 Evaluationsare one type of grant program that we partner on.


Education Innovation and Research (EIR)

The Education Innovation and Research (EIR) competition has officially replaced the Investing in Innovation (i3) competition. Empirical Education is thoroughly familiarized with the new RFP requirements. We are ready to work with your organization on creating a winning proposal for this competition. Contact us today to discuss options.

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Our Latest Evaluations!

Empirical Education is pleased to announce that we are part of two winning teams that received a highest-rated application in the 2014 Investing in Innovation (i3) competition. We will be working with WestEd to evaluate the Making Sense of Science and Literacy program. We will also be working with the Atlanta Neighborhood Charter Schools to evaluate the development of their 3-year residency program for early career teachers. Twenty-six applicants were selected as highest-rated under the i3 competition from 434 full applications.

“The power analysis provided in the evaluation was clear and articulated a high level of sophistication in the analytic and methodological approach used in the evaluation.”
(i3 reviewer comments)

Earlier Efforts

This adds to our recent successes with i3. We are a member of winning teams and are currently conducting program evaluations for Aspire Public Schools (2011 Development Grant for the t3 System) and for WestEd (2010 Validation Grant for Reading Apprenticeship Improving Secondary Education and 2012 Development Grant for Internet-based Reading Apprenticeship Improving Science Education).

Our Approach

The evaluation component of any application process is pivotal to success. A small number of score points can be the difference to making the cut. Our extensive experience conducting rigorous educational research and evaluations has equipped us with comprehensive strategies for success with i3 proposals. Whether a program is still under development or ready for validation, we work closely with each applicant to tailor an appropriate evaluation model to the intervention. We anticipate aspects of implementation, design, and analysis that reviewers are likely to look for. Our efforts result in concise proposals with strong research designs.

“The application of hierarchical linear modeling as the analytic framework appropriately addresses the inherent nested structures of education outcomes. Further, acknowledging the need for scale transformations indicates experience working with a variety of education data sources and need for transformations.” (i3 reviewer comments)

An Evolving Approach

As the field matures, we mature with it, taking full advantage of i3 Technical Assistance provided through Abt Associates to understand what the reviewers are looking for. We apply each year’s lesson to the next year’s applications. We draw on various professional standards when considering designs and analyses, including the What Works Clearinghouse, NEi3 Outcome Standards, and the Program Evaluation Standards.

“The interrupted time series model and difference in differences approach outlined for the quasi-experimental design was very sophisticated and utilizes the most up-to-date methods of experimental design recommended in education research.” (i3 reviewer comments)

Looking Forward

We are looking forward to becoming part of your winning team in the next round of EIR applications. Let us use our experience and success to improve your chances.

“The evaluation team, Empirical Education, has the expertise and experience to complete the project with a high degree of integrity.”
(i3 reviewer comments)

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