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Research and Program Evaluation

The Office of Research and Program Evaluation provides information and analyses to support continuous improvement in the academic and operational services at Harford County Public Schools (HCPS).

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Other duties and responsibilities of the office include but not limited to:
  • Planning and implementing educational evaluation and research studies
  • Conducting research, program evaluation, and analysis of issues including preparation of reports, white papers, and journal publication recommendations
  • Working with stakeholders to develop a comprehensive strategic evaluation plan and the outcomes and indicators to be used to monitor progress toward North Star's goals
  • Performing quantitative and qualitative data collection and analysis, using data analytics to determine and share insight that can be used to enhance learning and student achievement, and operational processes
  • Developing and preparing internal reports of status, progress, and outcomes of evaluation activities
  • Providing clear and useful reports for decision makers, staff, and other stakeholders as needed to implement and improve North Star
  • Supporting grant/budget development teams to ensure program accomplishments and impact are represented within each proposal
  • Managing internal data record-keeping and refinement
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Survey Reports

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In 2018, Harford County Public Schools (HCPS) introduced the North Star initiative to ensure every student graduates with college experience or career licensure. The activities of NorthStar fall into two major categories, which include (1) the collaboration with Harford Community College (HCC) to provide students with access to college courses and career licensure while in high school, and (2) redesign of the Pre-kindergarten through Grade 12 preparation and experiences that occur prior to students' pursuit of college or career experience. Digital Teaching and Learning is a strategy to advance our North Star initiative. View Report
In May 2020, Superintendent of Schools Sean Bulson, Ed. D. wanted to learn more about the current student perceptions of racism, implicit bias, and other forms of discrimination within Harford County Public Schools (HCPS). Former Student Member of the Board of Education of Harford County, Christian Walker, and Phoebe Bailey, then a rising senior at Joppatowne High School and current student member of the Board of Education of Harford County for the 2020-2021 school year, worked with Yakoubou Ousmanou, manager of Research and Program Evaluation, and Dr. Paula Stanton, supervisor of Equity and Cultural Proficiency, to develop and administer the HCPS Survey on Racism, Implicit Bias, and Other Forms of Discrimination. Dr. Bulson and his senior leadership team encouraged the administration of this survey and provided all the resources and support needed to successfully launch the survey; and pledged to use the findings of the survey to help address the issues of systemic racism, implicit bias, and other forms of discrimination in HCPS. View Report
This document presents findings from an analysis of closed-ended and open-ended responses of the Harford County Public Schools (HCPS) Budget Survey (2021-2022). Coming Soon - View Report

Research Reports

Program Evaluation Reports