Research & Evaluation

We serve as a strategic partner to educational organizations engaged in piloting new learning models and other innovation initiatives. Our engagement supports:

  • Strategic planning for R&D
  • Fundamental research and peer-reviewed publications
  • Evaluation services, including the development of logic models and data collection approaches
  • Data science and learning analytics
  • Annual research reports, board and conference presentations
  • Playbooks, whitepapers, thought leadership articles and infographics
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NSF VisMO (Fostering Elementary School Students' Visuospatial Skills and Mathematical Competencies through an Origami-based Program)

Funded by the National Science Foundation, Project VisMO is a three-year fundamental research project that investigates the causal link between children’s visuospatial skills development and their longitudinal gains in mathematical competencies. This research effort brings together cognitive psychologists, learning scientists, mathematics education researchers, and origami artists to develop and evaluate an innovative origami-based program for elementary school children in South Bay Union School District, with a focus on the English Language Learners (ELLs).

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NSF STEM WoW (Bridging the World of Work and Informal STEM Education)

STEMWoW is a two-year Exploratory Pathways project to promote science, technology, engineering, and mathematics interest among middle school students in a primarily Hispanic-serving area, the Chula Vista Elementary School District, as research suggests that promoting and maintaining interest can increase the likelihood of students considering a STEM career. This award is under the direction of Dr. Odesma Dalrymple, Dr. Yaoran Li, Dr. Perla Myers, Dr. Vitaliy Popov, and Dr. Joi Spencer.
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Cajon Valley World of Work Longitudinal Study

In Fall 2017, the Cajon Valley Union School District launched the World of Work (WoW) Initiative which aims to connect in-school learning and the demands of the real-world and make explicit connections between students’ social and emotional learning (SEL), academic performance, and career development.  In this four year longitudinal study, we focus on the implementation of the initiative and how various stakeholders experience the WoW initiative, we measure the impacts of the district-wide WoW initiative through a mixed methods design and begin to identify the contextual factors that maximize these impacts, and we will track some students to examine the sustained effects of the WoW initiative.

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Coding Our Future: Creating Equitable Computer Science Pathways in Urban Schools

Partnering with TechSmart, USD, Lego, Classroom of the Future Foundation, and Cal State San Marcos, San Diego Unified School District will develop and implement a promising new evidence-based Computer Science Implementation Model. As the 17th largest school district in the country and the 2nd largest district in California, SDUSD is perfectly positioned to serve as a model for how large diverse urban school districts can train their teachers and empower their students to learn computer science. The Jacobs Institute will serve as the longitudinal research partner on this Education Innovation (EIR) Research Grant, conducting both formative and summative evaluations. 

E2E STEAM Micro-Grant Evaluation

The Jacobs Institute was awarded $200,000 on behalf of USD's strategic initiative campaign, Envision 2024. The goals of this award were to support STEAM-focused collaborations between students, faculty and teachers at USD and San Diego Unified School District. The evaluation focuses on the types of partnerships and projects developed, the ways in which the E2E Incubator at Kearny High School could be used to support the collaborations. A high school incubator playbook will be created from the evaluation study.
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Oceanside Unified School District: DoDEA

In this five-year evaluation, JI researchers partner with Oceanside Unified School District to focus on military students changing behaviors and attitudes, as well as their academic achievement in science and mathematics.
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Vita Navis User Experience Testing

To support our client's need to have an integrated surveying solution, we are collaborating with Vita Navis to conduct user experience testing with our proprietary surveys. We assess functionality, privacy policies, user experience, and data outputs.