IHEP conducts evaluations on programs related to access and success opportunities in higher education, including early intervention, college access, and scholarship programs. The organization conducts both formative evaluations aimed at assisting programs in assessing and improving their services and summative evaluations designed to reach conclusions about a program’s ultimate effectiveness. IHEP's evaluation work is tailored to the program being studied and may include document review, site visits, interviews, focus groups, surveys, and/or analysis of existing program data.
Evaluating Your ProgramIHEP accepts program evaluation requests from nonprofit organizations and funding partners working in its areas of interest: access and success, accountability, diversity, finance, and global impact. To learn more about IHEP's evaluation services, please contact:
Alisa Federico Cunningham
Vice President of Research
Featured Evaluation Projects
- College-Goal Sunday assists students of color, low-income students, and students whose parents did not attend college to complete the forms needed to apply for financial aid. This program, managed by the YMCA, reaches more than 25,000 people each year at 700 sites in 37 states and the District of Columbia. IHEP’s evaluation, now in its sixth year, has helped College Goal Sunday find ways to better target and serve its audience during a period of rapid program expansion.
- The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation sponsors two maor scholarship initiatives—the Gates Millennium Scholars and the Washington State Achievers. Research and evaluation activities on these two scholarship programs are conducted by a number of organizations and academic researchers. IHEP coordinates much of this work as well as synthesizes the findings into reports and issue briefs aimed at policymakers and the general public.
- Noncognitive Assessment and College Success: The Case of the Gates Millennium
- Expanding Access & Opportunity: The Impact of the Gates Millennium Scholars Program
Testimonial“IHEP’s evaluation work has been instrumental in providing both quantitative and qualitative data results that have contributed to the effectiveness of the College Goal Sunday program. The greatest impact of the evaluation system has been in connecting a survey that produces meaningful data with recommendations that lead to effective program operations.”
—Marcia Weston, Director of College Access Programs, YMCA
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