Kimberly Cowley, EdD, Internal Evaluator, is a Project Manager in Child Welfare and Education at ICF. She has more than 20 years of experience in the field of educational research and evaluation. Most recently she served as the internal evaluator for the former Appalachia Regional Comprehensive Center (ARCC) at ICF. She has expertise in designing and implementing research and evaluation projects, particularly in the areas of education TA and capacity building. She has conceptualized and managed numerous research and evaluation studies, including randomized controlled trials (RCTs), quasi-experimental design (QED), case studies, implementation studies, and outcome studies. Her responsibilities have included project management, supervision, instrument development, data collection and analysis, reporting, and client interactions.
Dr. Cowley has more than 15 years of experience in conceptualizing and writing evaluation plans. Moreover, she has particular expertise in evaluating implementation and outcomes of capacity-building TA. For instance, as the ARCC internal evaluator, she conducted evaluation of earlier iterations of the ARCC and the Mid-Atlantic Comprehensive Center and contributed evaluation services to the Capacity Building Center for States. Dr. Cowley also has experience developing and evaluating other types of educational programs, including teacher preparation and college readiness efforts. She has evaluated the i3-funded Rural Math Innovation Network (RMIN), several Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) grants, two Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP) grants, and six Teaching American History grants.
Dr. Cowley 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 results for use.
Dr. Cowley is experienced in the collection, use, and protection of data, including personally identifiable information (PII). She has numerous years of experience serving on various institutional review boards (IRB), including serving as chair of the Edvantia IRB and conducting educational reviews nationwide for an independent entity, Integ Review IRB. She has maintained updated social and behavioral research courses via online modules with the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) since 2006.