Brooke Shelley, MPP, Internal Evaluator, has 11 years of experience in research and evaluation of education programs. She has participated and led in all stages of research including evaluation planning, data collection, analysis, reporting, and presentation using a variety of methods. She has worked with a variety of clients at the federal and state level and prepared findings for a diverse set of audiences. Her research has provided insight in a variety of areas related to student achievement at the Pre-K–12 and postsecondary level. Much of her research has examined many facets of secondary education and the transition for students into postsecondary education.
Ms. Shelley has experience in conceptualizing and writing evaluation plans. Moreover, she has particular expertise in evaluating implementation and outcomes of capacity-building TA. For instance, since 2015 she has designed and led all evaluations of three annual special initiatives as well as evaluation efforts related to content development strategy and knowledge management as an evaluation specialist for the Children’s Bureau’s Child Welfare Information Gateway, which has included the implementation of a process evaluation and the triangulation of survey, website, and outreach metrics to assess how content meets the needs of target audiences. She has evaluated three i3-funded grants, two on the Collaborative Regional Education program with Jacksonville State University in Alabama and one with College Possible, and three Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP) grants. From 2009 to 2012, Ms. Shelley managed all phases of data collection to evaluate the implementation of ESEA Title III in LEAs across the United States. She led initial and follow-up data collection efforts that resulted in a 93% response rate from a sample of over 1,500 grantees.
Ms. Shelley has considerable expertise in the range of evaluation technical skills. She is experienced in developing data collection instruments; collecting quantitative and qualitative data (such as from surveys, assessments, interviews, focus groups, observations, and site visits); analyzing data using appropriate methods and software programs (such as SPSS for quantitative data and ATLAS.ti for qualitative data); developing evaluation reports and summaries; and working with clients to help interpret and transition findings into actionable recommendations and next steps.