Plus Alpha’s clients include federal institutes and offices, state agencies and offices, local agencies and districts, foundations, postsecondary institutions, and other research firms.
We help our clients use research and data to improve their services to promote student and teaching success. Our work is guided by our methodological and content-based expertise in school improvement and reform, teacher and leader effectiveness, and programs and policies related to disadvantaged students. Our services include:
Research and Evaluation Services
In partnership with our clients, we design optimal studies for continual improvement and program development that can be executed with fidelity. We bring rigorous quantitative and qualitative expertise to bear on pressing issues facing our educational system today. As educators and researchers accustomed to working within school systems, we understand the importance of designing and implementing studies that fit with school schedules and connect with school systems to ensure consent and buy-in. We routinely deliver evaluations, feasibility studies, fidelity studies, impact studies, instruments and protocols, literature reviews, reports (e.g., briefs, public, research, evaluation, technical, and state and federal), research syntheses, and study designs (i.e., rigorous and scientific).
Analytical Technical Assistance Services
Our senior staff members have over 30 years of combined experience providing technical assistance. We place particular emphasis on helping organizations develop their own evaluation capacity so that on-going monitoring and evaluation can be conducted in-house. We also emphasize the use of research and data to improve practice, with a focus not only on being data-driven but on making data-informed decisions. We regularly provide our clients with administrative data analyses (e.g., cost benefit and cost effectiveness analyses), case studies, compendia, data visualizations (e.g., cluster analyses), policy analyses (e.g., briefs or scans), and technical assistance and professional development trainings (i.e., research to policy and research to practice).
Organizational Development and Capacity Building Services
Plus Alpha senior staff are extensively trained in proposal and project management. We couple this training with decades of experience managing large-scale proposals and projects. We leverage these skills to deliver capacity building services including communications and dissemination planning, needs assessments (e.g., concept mapping, gap analysis, logic modeling, SWOT Analysis), organizational development training (e.g., business development training), and toolkits (i.e., analytical, instructional). Through these services, we offer an experienced, trustworthy, and objective research partner to our clients.