We work closely with our clients to conduct research and evaluation studies that improve the teaching and learning that occurs in K-12 schools and higher education institutions as well as non-traditional learning settings. We have worked with numerous agencies and organizations, including schools, school districts, foundations, colleges and universities, museums, and community-based organizations in such areas as:

  • School reform
  • Arts education
  • Teacher preparation
  • STEM education
  • After school & out-of-school time
  • Deaf & hard of hearing education and transition

Our experts will collaborate with you to learn about the effectiveness of your strategies and programs and to help you meet grant-reporting requirements. From small program evaluation studies to large, multi-site longitudinal studies, our evaluations are designed to help our clients make critical decisions in order to strengthen their educational practices. We will help you make a difference in the lives of your educators, students, and parents.

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Senior Research Associate

As a Senior Research Associate, Janet has a hand in all aspects of the evaluation process - from evaluation design and implementation to the reporting and dissemination of findings. More specifically, Janet has expertise in the design of both formative and summative evaluations, instrument development, data collection and analysis, report writing, and project management. Her experience includes work with a diverse set of clients, as well as encompasses a wide range of research methods (quantitative and qualitative) as well as up-to-date evaluation theories and processes. In particular, Janet is a proponent of applying evaluative thinking and utilizing the evaluation process and findings to encourage clients to change the way they think about evaluation and consequently make a difference in their work internally and externally. Prior to joining the Vital Research team, most recently Janet worked on evaluation projects for the University of California, Los Angeles's (UCLA) Graduate School of Education's SRM Evaluation group. In the past, Janet also developed and conducted workshops on evaluation. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Psychology from Pomona College, a Master's in Education from Harvard University, and has completed all but her dissertation for her doctoral degree from UCLA's Graduate School of Education.