Assessment and Evaluation Research Initiative
Teachers College, Columbia University
Teachers College
Columbia University

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What We Do
AERI achieves its mission through four main activities:

  • Conferences and forums
  • Publications, reports and policy briefs
  • Sponsored research and evaluation projects
  • Capacity-building institutes for domestic and global audiences

Current Projects:

1. Evaluating a Global Mental Health Intervention for Displaced and Vulnerable Syrian Refugees in Jordan: 2013-present.

This project is a collaboration of AERI with colleagues at the International Medical Corps., Jordan; TC's Clinical Psychology program, and public health depts of Columbia University and Johns Hopkins University.

2. Developing, Pilot-testing, and Evaluating and Urban Health Scence Curriculum for NYC's Middle Schools: 2013-17

This project is a collaboration of AERI with colleagues/staff at Barnard College and TC's Outreach Office.

Prior Projects:

AERI undertook three large scale assessment and evaluation projects between 2006 to 2010.
I. Chemung County School Readiness Project, New York (2006‐09), involving:
  • A baseline study of readiness levels entering kindergartners at Chemung County, and validation of a comprehensive school readiness index comprising eight cognitive and non‐cognitive scales
  • A case study documenting the project’s history, and
  • An evaluation protocol and tools manual for future use by local stakeholders.

II. The Global Education and Leadership Foundation’s (tGELF) program in leadership and life skills, India (2008‐10), involving:
  • Design of learning outcome frameworks and curriculum‐based assessments for the tGELF program
  • Design of an evaluation protocol and tools manual for local stakeholders
  • Formative evaluation of the pilot program in four schools in and around Delhi, India.

III. Health Information Technology (HITECH) curriculum development project under the auspices of the Office of teh National Coordinator, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (2010‐12).

  • Design of learning outcome frameworks and curriculum‐based assessments
  • Design of a logic model and Evaluation protocol to guide future program implementation and formative evaluations.
  • Content validation studies of learning outcomes, multiple choice tests and performance assessments for 40 HITECH instructional units.  

Additional assessment development and validation projects included a partnership with the Center for Educational Research and Evaluation (CERE) at the College of Physicians and Surgeons at Columbia University, funded by the Stemmler Group of the National Board of Medical Examiners (2006-2010).

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