Center on Research, Evaluation & Analysis

The mission of the Center on Research, Evaluation & Analysis is to conduct research and evaluations that are rigorous, successful, and provide useful, timely, and accurate results and reports.

Selected Current Evaluation/Research Projects

Project EF - a collaboration between TRI and the Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) to study the effects of low birth weight on the development of executive function in the first three years of life. CREA designed the research strategy and conducts all statistical analyses and the evaluation of the project.

DEMILO LogoDEMILO (Developing Elementary Mathematics Instructional Leaders in Oregon) - a collaboration of the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, the College of Education, and The Research Institute (TRI) at Western Oregon University (WOU) to develop Mathematics instructional leaders in school districts throughout Oregon. CREA is evaluating the program to assess student achievement improvements and effectiveness of the online professional development model.

CREA conducts the process evaluation of Oregon’s Quality Rating Improvement System (QRIS) using a mixed method approach of quantitative and qualitative analyses. QRIS is a collaboration between The Research Institute's Center on Early Learning and the State of Oregon Early Learning Division.


Central Coordination of Child Care Resource and Referral provides leadership and technical assistance for the twelve local CCR&R programs serving all counties in Oregon. CREA, in collaboration with TRI's Center on Early Learning, maintains the database in order to: (a) conduct statewide and local child care referrals; (b) inform key stakeholders and policy makers; and (c) inform research projects at state and federal levels.  This project is funded through the Early Learning Division of the Oregon Department of Education.

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Project High Five: Culture, Collaboration, Commitment, Communication, and Community - Recently completed, Project High Five was a consortia partnership comprised of: Central School District (CSD), Western Oregon University/College of Education (WOU/COE), Ella Curran Food Bank (ECFB) and Oregon Child Development Coalition (OCDC) to develop and strengthen connections between the school district and cultural and linguistic community groups. CREA evaluated the ELDP professional development and co-teaching strategies to assess student improvements. To learn more about the results of this project, click here.

The Qigong Massage Research Project employs a randomized control experimental design to determine the treatment effects of a Chinese massage on young children with Autism. In addition, a repeated measures design is used to determine the maintenance of those effects over time. This project is a partnership between The Research Institute, and the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Maternal Child Health Bureau.

Project SPELL (Sustainable Practices for English Language Learners) - Western Oregon University College of Education. United States Department of Education, Office of English Language Acquisition. SPELL is a Federal grant awarded to Western Oregon University with the focus on ESOL endorsements, coaching, and professional learning communities.  CREA provides the third-party evaluation for the project. Both summative and formative evaluation methodologies are employed to determine the project’s progress toward its goals and to assist in any procedural adjustments/revisions as the project moves through its 5 year funding cycle. U.S. Department of Education, Office of English Language Acquisition. 

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Oregon Mentoring Program
- CREA (in collaboration with CEPE) is the third-party evaluator for the statewide Oregon Mentoring Program funded through the Oregon Department of Education. The program focuses on mentoring beginning teachers and beginning administrators (in their first two years) in Oregon. Individual school districts and consortia of districts receive funding to establish and support evidence-based mentoring projects. The evaluation of this program includes an examination of 6 years of data from 2008-2014. The evaluation has focused on: an analysis of student achievement data for those students who have mentored teachers; an analysis of the beginning educators' skills to improve instructional practice gained through mentoring; and an analysis of retention rates of beginning educators over time.

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The Willamette Promise -  The Willamette Promise (WP) program is a collaboration among 20 school districts in Marion, Polk, and Yamhill counties; the Willamette Education Service District (WESD); Chemeketa Community College; Western Oregon University; Oregon Institute of Technology; Corban University; the South Metro Salem STEM Partnership; the Willamette Regional Achievement Collaborative; and GEAR-UP. High school and college staff collaborate to create college-level course content and assessments. CREA provides the evaluation for the WP program using a mixed method approach to determine program success for the development of college-going and career readiness cultures within high schools, and students' ability to earn credit prior to high school graduation and post-secondary success.

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