Evaluation of 3DL partners draws on the principles of design based implementation research. DBIR is suited to developing and testing innovative strategies to enhance teaching and learning within school and agency contexts and is an extension of classroom-based design research that emphasizes collaborative and sustained engagement to enhance systematic inquiry and refinement of practices related to learning and instruction in schools and community organizations. We are also inspired by concepts and strategies aligned with Developmental Evaluation. DE is an emerging paradigm that provides an alternative to traditional, group-based models of evaluation. As a model, DE focuses on using research to guide practice through a process of ongoing questioning and inquiry using data-driven strategies. DE embraces complexity and supports the evaluation and refinement of interventions by exploring and responding to emergent needs, generating and feeding information back into the system to drive further inquiry and ongoing innovation.

3DL researchers are involved in several projects that involve the evaluation of programs and services. All our efforts around evaluation focus on applying innovative methodologies to study and document the effects of complex, real-world activities that touch the lives of young people.

3DL is partnering with the Bellevue School District (BSD) to assist with its implementation and evaluation of RULER, an evidence-based SEL program developed by the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence. RULER is one of several evidence-based programs highlighted by CASEL, the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning, a national resource on SEL. RULER focuses on helping teachers and children recognize, understand, label, express, and regulate emotions in the classroom with the goal of increasing student attentiveness, lessening conduct problems, and improving academic outcomes.

For more information on our work with BSD, see publication »

The Seattle Youth Violence Prevention Initiative (SYVPI): 3DL is working with the City of Seattle to evaluate its multi-component prevention strategy, while at the same time helping to support ongoing enhancements of its programming model. SYVPI serves vulnerable and high-risk youth by providing a range of services, including mentoring and employment training.

For more information on our work with the City of Seattle’s Youth Violence Prevention Initiative, please see publication »