Evaluation and Assessments
Assessing student learning progress is essential activities in understanding the impact of interventions that support individuals with disabilities and other marginalized populations. IDP’s team of expert staff and consultants have decades of experience in assessment, bolstered by IDP’s affiliation with the University of Massachusetts Boston’s School for Global Inclusion and Social Development, the university provides support from researchers at the Institute for Community Inclusion as well as Ph.D. and Master’s level graduate research assistants.
IDP also advocates for inclusive assessment and evaluation approaches of learners with and without disabilities, including the use of Universal Design for Assessment (UDA) approaches which allow learners to express their understanding in diverse ways that work to their strengths. Furthermore, IDP recognizes the importance of evidence-based adaptations to early grade reading assessments (EGRAs) for learners with specific disabilities. Our work has included writing briefing documents on and assessing USAID-sponsored activities that adapt EGRAs for students with hearing or vision disabilities. IDP also consistently embeds assessment methodologies in its own delivery of training activities, to build evidence on the utility of training practices and as a tool for critical reflection.