Our Mission: Our mission is to provide scientifically rigorous, independent, and objective research and program evaluation services to the offices that make up the West Virginia Department of Education. In so doing, we work to assist Department staff in using data during both program planning and implementation phases to maximize effectiveness. We use our position as an internal entity to provide more timely and cost-effective services than would be possible using outside evaluators.
Our Philosophy: We believe program staff understand the contexts and challenges of their work better than any outsider. That’s why we subscribe to a participatory evaluation philosophy that engages these individuals as active partners throughout the entire research/evaluation process. This approach ensures our program evaluations and research studies are targeted toward meeting program needs and yield actionable recommendations that program staff will value and use to improve outcomes.
Our Goals: Our goals include the following:
The WVDE Office of Research provides a range of services to support data-driven decision making, research-based planning, and funding compliance reporting including the following:
The Office of Research operates as an independent agency within the Division of Teaching and Learning Services, by providing objective and rigorous data collection and reporting. It also serves as a clearinghouse for all WVDE internal, external, and joint research and evaluation projects.