Evaluation that Transforms Communities

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Get Ready/GEAR UP is a federally-funded program to promote postsecondary education among middle school and secondary students from low-income families and from those groups traditionally underrepresented in college. Get Ready/GEAR UP provides college planning (e.g., high school course completion, financial options and planning), academic tutoring, and information on career and postsecondary options to improve matriculation into postsecondary education.  

GEAR UP was funded by the U.S. Department of Education Office of Postsecondary Education.

Project Dates: 2008 to 2013


  • Logic model and evaluation plan development
  • Longitudinal, quasi-experimental research design
  • Instrument development (quantitative and qualitative)
  • Negotiate release of relevant raw data from two area school districts


  • Data cleaning
  • Data matching (matching one student's data across multiple data sources)
  • Focus group facilitation
  • Data analysis
  • Synthesis of quantitative and qualitative data


  • Annual aggregated and disaggregated reports
  • Present results to Get Ready/GEAR UP staff


  • Evaluation plan refinement
  • Instrument refinement