Methodology

Research and data is the foundation of Zone 126 and continues to be a critical component of our Collective Impact Framework and our mission within our Zone schools.

Zone 126  is conducting two types of impact assessments to  track the needs and progress of our students and families as they move through the Cradle to Career pipeline:

1. Our formative impact assessment is threefold, containing:

  • A structured conceptualization that sets a baseline on the predictors and indicators of success among population served; determines the goals of service delivery; and informs projected outcomes of the Cradle to Career project.
  • A process assessment that evaluates how well Collective Impact Implementation Partner interventions operate by recording outputs, activities and processes undertaken in service delivery.
  • A performance assessment that measures the extent to which Zone 126 objectives are being attained in pipeline implementation. Results will be used to assess our value-add and accomplishments through the lens of the stakeholders to which we provide assistance.

2. Our summative impact assessment focuses on questions of causality. Did the intervention, or set of interventions, have their intended effects? If so, what activities created the impact? What are the long-term effects? This subset of assessment focuses on the quantified predictors and indicators of success, drawn from Zone 126’s Theory of Change.

To analyze short-term and long-term outcomes of Zone 126’s Cradle to Career program, we will be using before and after comparisons and panel design models, respectively.

  • Before and after comparisons will be used to measure the short-term outcomes for groups of participants in Zone 126 sponsored interventions. Pretests and posttests will be administered before and after a Zone 126-sponsored intervention and an assessment of impact will be conducted. This design will be used to assess whether knowledge, attitudes, or behavior of the group changed after exposure to interventions.
  • Panel design will be used to measure the long-term outcomes for groups of participations in Zone 126 sponsored interventions. To gain an understanding of changes over time, we will be administering repeated measures of outcome variables for each individual and family. In this design, outcomes are measured for the same group of program participants, often starting at the time they enter the program and continuing at annual intervals over time.

Read our Theory of Change and learn how Zone 126 built a pipeline of evidence based programs for our Zone schools.