Research

Collaborative scholarship in assessment, evaluation, and knowledge mobilization

It all starts with research

The AEG uses a collaborative model of scholarship to conduct innovative research with the goal of contributing to and disseminating new knowledge in assessment, evaluation, and knowledge mobilization. Our research is directed at promoting learning and improving educational systems through rigours inquiries and contemporary knowledge translation.

Areas of Work

The AEG conducts and supports scholarship in the following areas

Assessment

From student learning to system performance, effective assessments promote and monitor growth. The AEG conducts cutting-edge research into innovative approaches to assessment across educational contexts with an emphasis on building assessment capacity across educators, learners and other key stakeholders.

 

Program Evaluation

Understanding the impact of an educational program is key to promoting success. Through developmental and collaborative approaches to program evaluation, the AEG both researches effective program evaluation processes as well as conducts program evaluations for clients across sectors.

Knowledge Mobilization

Disseminating and translating knowledge to diverse audiences is essential for productive uptake of research and evidence-informed decision-making. The AEG purposefully explores the latest knowledge mobilization (KMb) strategies to help develop effective KMb plans and platforms.

Measurement

Testing remains central to measuring learning and performance. Drawing on sound psychometric principles, the AEG works to research, develop, and validate measures for various learning outcomes across a variety of contexts (e.g., education, health care, language testing, certification, licensure).

Recent Projects

Examining Assessment and Evaluation Education

This research agenda investigates how educators and evaluators cultivate their practices in assessment and evaluation.

Evaluation Capacity Network: Collaborating for Community-Driven and Culturally Relevant Early Childhood Practices, Programs, and Policies

The goal of the Evaluation Capacity Network (ECN) is to collaboratively develop community-driven and culturally relevant approaches for producing and using evidence to improve early childhood practice, programs, and policy towards system effectiveness.

Increasing Capacity to Mobilize and Apply Research Knowledge in the Ontario Education System

This study convenes multi-stakeholder panels of researchers, intermediaries, policymakers and practitioners to a) determine three focus areas for KMb efforts (such as mental health, special education, equity, or strategic planning), b) suggest existing research-based products, and c) create tailored KMb tools and resources for different educational practitioners in these focus areas.

Assessment of Competence in the Professions

The purpose of this research is to understand individual and group processing in developing accurate approximations of competence.

Accountability of English-language Proficiency Testing for Immigrants to Canada

The purpose of this mixed-methods study is to assess the suitability of the Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic to assess English-language proficiency of potential immigrant by Immigration, Refugees, & Citizenship (IRC) Canada.

CITED: Partnered Knowledge Mobilization between Researchers and Media Organizations

CITED produces KMb podcasts on important societal issues through a tripartite co-production model between researchers, journalists, and community members.