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Rigorous, high-quality research is at the core of CRESP’s mission.

Our experienced staff engages in a variety of methods to understand how, why, and if programs or policies are effective. We conduct both qualitative and quantitative research and maintain staff expertise in:

  • applied policy research investigating public health and educational innovations and interventions;
  • program evaluation;
  • quantitative analyses of large administrative, state, regional, and national databases;
  • qualitative methods to promote knowledge of important, but difficult-to-measure characteristics of programs and collaborative partnerships;
  • randomized controlled field trials;
  • longitudinal studies of changes over time that combine data from disparate sources; and
  • application of statistical methods from economics, engineering, and other disciplines to social programs and policies.

CRESP researchers are trained in evaluation methodology, randomized field experiments, natural experiments, qualitative methods, statistical analysis, and survey research. 


Sue Giancola, CRESP Senior Associate Director, recently published Program Evaluation: Embedding Evaluation into Program Design and Development. This book provides an in-depth examination of the foundations, methods, and relevant issues in the field of evaluation. With an emphasis on an embedded approach, where evaluation is an explicit part of a program that leads to the refinement of the program, students will learn how to conduct effective evaluations that foster continual improvement and enable data-based decision making. This text provides students with both the theoretical understanding and the practical tools to conduct effective evaluations while being rigorous enough for experienced evaluators looking to expand their approach to evaluation. Purchase a copy here.

Taking the Pulse: UD and Community Engagement

Taking the Pulse: UD and Community Engagement is a recently completed evaluation of how UD is engaging members of its own and surrounding communities. Learn more.

HHS grant awards $750,000 for ‘We Care’ program in Delaware`: CRESP to partner as program evaluator

October 27, 2019 –
Funder: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) awarded a $750,000 grant to implement what could very well be a lifesaving service, We Care, through Sussex County’s Meals on Wheels program.  The grant, awarded to CHEER Senior Services, La Red He …

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Evaluation of the Special Education Administrative Leadership (SEAL) program

February 7, 2020 – September 30, 2024
Funder: U.S Department of Education

  SEAL is a leadership program for special education administrators in the State of Delaware. CRESP’s evaluation of SEAL utilizes a participatory, theory-based approach. See the following article from the Association of University Centers on Disab …

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Delaware School Climate and Student Success (SCSS) Study

January 1, 2014 – December 1, 2019
Funder: U.S Department of Education

The Delaware School Climate and Student Success (SCSS) project was funded through the U.S. Department of Education’s School Climate Transformation Grant program. SCSS is a five-year grant awarded to the University of Delaware’s Center for Disabilities …

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An Efficacy Follow-Up Study of the Long-Term Effects of Reading Recovery Under the i3 Scale-Up

August 1, 2017 – July 31, 2022
Funder: Institute of Education Sciences, US Department of Education

The purpose of the Efficacy Follow-up Study of the Long-Term Effects of Reading Recovery is to test the sustained efficacy of Reading Recovery (RR), an intensive one-on-one reading instruction program for the lowest-achieving first grade students, on s …

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