Wyoming Department of Education

Data Driven Enterprises is under contract with the Wyoming Department of Education to provide evaluation services for the Wyoming State Improvement Grant (WySIG).  As the external evaluator, Data Driven Enterprises evaluates the four main initiatives of this grant:

Kindergarten Readiness – In cooperation with the Division of Developmental Disabilities and in collaboration with Child Development Services of Wyoming, this initiative is focused on providing professional development to the staff in the 14 developmental preschool regions.  Evaluation activities have included:

  1. Developing questionnaires, analyzing, and writing reports on participant satisfaction with training.
  2. Developing questionnaires, interviews, and focus groups; analyzing collected data; and writing reports on participant behavioral changes and changes in student outcomes as a result of training
  3. Collecting data (on the Wyoming Early Screening Project and Functional Behavior Analysis) on student changes, analyzing data, and writing reports on student outcomes.

Project Readiness for Paraprofessionals (PRP) – The program, which is administered through Casper College (CC), provides accessible, high quality training for Wyoming ‘s paraeducators.  Evaluation activities have included:

  1. Developing questionnaires, analyzing, and writing reports on participant satisfaction with the Casper College Program.
  2. Developing questionnaires and focus groups; analyzing collected data; and writing reports on paraeducators behavioral changes as a result of the program.  Questionnaires have been administered to both paraeducators and their supervisors.
  3. Developing a questionnaire distributed to all paraeducators in state, analyzing data, and writing report on paraeducators’ skills, knowledge, and behaviors.

Wyoming Collaborative Mentorship Academy (WCMA) – This initiative addresses the current shortages of special educators in Wyoming by providing school districts with a field-based alternative route to certification for Wyoming teachers who are currently teaching in special education but lack special education certification.  Evaluation activities have included:

  1. Developing questionnaires, analyzing, and writing reports on participant satisfaction with their courses and the WCMA.
  2. Developing questionnaires and focus groups; analyzing collected data; and writing reports on participant behavioral changes and changes in student outcomes as a result of the WCMA.  Questionnaires have been administered to both WCMA teacher participants and their principals.
  3. Collecting data (via teacher action research projects) on student changes, analyzing data, and writing reports on student outcomes.

Parent Initiative – This initiative is a partnership between four family organizations: (1) the WIND Family Support Network (WFSN), (2) Wyoming ‘s Parent Information Center (PIC), (3) Wyoming’s Parent Education Network (PEN), and (4) UPLIFT, Wyoming’s Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health.  This initiative focuses on increasing the capacity of parents to effectively participate in and influence school reform and their child’s educational programs.  Questionnaires have been administered to both paraeducators and their supervisors.  Evaluation activities have included:

  1. Developing questionnaires, analyzing, and writing reports on parent satisfaction with parent conference and other trainings.
  2. Developing questionnaires; analyzing collected data; and writing reports on parents’ behavioral changes and changes in their children as a result of training.