Letter to the Community


Dear Colleague,

Accompanying this letter is a brochure for the newly established Program Evaluation and Research Collaborative (PERC) at California State University, Los Angeles. PERC has been developed by the faculty of the Charter School of Education at Cal State LA to provide program evaluation and research services to schools and practitioners in our educational community. A primary mission of the Charter School of Education is to foster collaboration with our service community, and PERC is a principle outreach effort.

Professional educators who wish, or who are mandated, to develop research or program evaluation projects may anticipate data collection problems that cannot be reversed. Design issues and carrying out data collection, sorting, analysis, and interpretation require specialized skills. So ... while we advice on statistics we gradually become more and more aware how much LESS important this phase of research is from all the others. Therefore we have bundled the expertise in the Charter School of Education for all phases of research in PERC.

Many innovative and successful approaches in education have arisen from the research collaboration of university faculty and practitioners. The major goal of PERC is to bring together university faculty and experts working in the field. Through their collaboration, a rich research and program evaluation agenda can be developed with the ultimate goal of improving education and the teaching of students.

PERC is offering the following services:

  • technical support for research and evaluation projects, including
    • design of projects and studies
    • data collection
    • data analysis
    • data interpretation
    • report preparation
  • technical support for grant development and acquisition, including
    • proposal conceptualization
    • preparation of evaluation designs and plans

In sum, PERC's objectives are to help with

  • identification and expression of real-world problems in natural language in preparation for creating formal research and evaluation models and designs
  • translation of problem statements into research and evaluation designs appropriate for collecting data
  • analysis of data using the appropriate tools, including spreadsheets, and statistical software packages
  • interpretation and presentation of results in and program evaluation in graphical, written and verbal form appropriate to assist in real-world decisions.
The enclosed brochure contains more information about location, and ways to reach us. We look forward to hearing from you about how we can assist you with your efforts.

Members of PERC and their experise, in alphabetical order, are:

  • Alan Crawford, Program evaluation in reading and language arts, second language acquisition and bilingual Spanish education,
  • Bernardo Callegos, Qualitative research,
  • Chris Givner,Survey research, Ethnographic research, Program evaluation, Educational software development,
  • Diane Haager, Data Management, Qualitative data reduction techniques, Multivariate statistics and Research design,
  • Anne Hafner, Research design, questionnaires,
  • Raymond Hillis, Adminstration and Counseling, WW-web
  • Dorothy Keane,¬†Program evaluation, Mathematics education, Technology in learning,
  • Ita Kreft, School effectiveness research, Multivariate analysis, Multilevel analysis, SPSS,
  • Anthony Kunnan, Applied linguistic, Software: Lisrel, EQS,
  • Randall Lindsay, Educational Administration,
  • Lynda Mitchell, Program evaluation and research, Career education and counseling,
  • Pat Simun, Research in Education,
  • Simeon Slovacek, Educational evaluation and research, Technology and telecommunications,
  • James Wiebe, Research and evaluation, Instructional technology and Math education,
  • Andrea Zetlin, Qualitative research methods, Grants projects management, Grant proposals