Growth of Spelman's extramurally funded programs has increased need for the College to further develop and expand its ability to conduct self-assessment and evaluation. As a result, the College's Research Infrastructure in Minority Institutions (RIMI) Program implemented the Internal Evaluation Services (IES) Program in July 2003 under its overarching goal to strengthen and expand the College's research infrastructure.

The IES program was implemented to provide systematic assessment of various sponsored programs at the College. By utilizing an internal system of evaluation, the College and its extramurally funded programs benefit from a(n):

  1. 360 Degree view of overall performance through the integrated feedback of multiple stakeholders.
  2. Increased access and availability of an evaluator to help in refining programs at the developmental and implementation stages.
  3. Better ability to reinforce results-based operation increases with more frequent evaluation reporting.
  4. Decreased amount of time needed to orient the evaluator to Spelman's program(s) and culture.
  5. Decreased loss of programmatic information associated with the turnover of external evaluators.
  6. Reduction in evaluation fees and costs associated with external consultants.
  7. Increase in the amount of evaluation resources available.
  8. Increase in the College's capacity to conduct program evaluation.
Currently the IES Program provides evaluation services and consultations to several programs and departments at Spelman, including RIMI, EARDA, SCORE, MIE, RISE, and Howard Hughes. The evaluation framework employed is user-oriented and organizational-learning based to encourage participation of all program stakeholders in the evaluation process for the express purpose of increasing evaluation capacity that focuses on the achievement of program outcomes.
 
 

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