In an ongoing effort to improve our Intel® Education offerings, we perform rigorous, independent program evaluations. The results are invaluable for educational leaders looking for best practices and solutions to the problems they face when implementing any educational technology program.
In “Evaluating Effective Teaching and Learning within Complex Levels of Interaction,” we explain how Intel uses evaluation data and reports collected from successful ICT implementations in over 60 countries to guide our approach to teaching and learning. This PDF also discusses strategic evaluation design and key findings, as well as the factors associated with understanding classroom-level change.
Evaluation design begins with clearly developed program goals and indicators that can measure program impact. Useful evaluations should demonstrate how well a program performs in relation to its key goals. The Intel® Education Initiative global evaluations are designed using a strategic outcomes model, which defines a set of outcomes for teachers and students based on program goals and prior evaluation results.
Due to the diverse range of program locations, documenting global implementation of this program is challenging. Localized programs are also unique in terms of their educational and social environments, as well as their size and maturity. As a result, international evaluation teams follow a flexible strategy that combines global measures with localized research based on the program’s maturity and the specific needs of each country.
Intel defines evaluation as the systematic study of programs over a period of time to assess how effective the intended outcomes may be. Our educational program evaluations involve collecting participant perceptions about a program and measuring those participants’ behaviors after the program is complete. After the data is analyzed, the findings help our staff understand the program’s impact and inform its future improvement.