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Is Yours Paying Off?

Effective Program Review with SchoolMatch

The Schoolmatch approach is designed to help you complete a successful program review and advise you of how well your program is working for you.

Effective program review consists of two important features: self-study and evaluation. We will help your firm complete a self-study that focuses on program outcomes.

We answer the following questions:

  • Are program goals clear and measurable?
  • Are the goals attainable?
  • Does the corporation understand these goals?
  • Do the schools understand these goals?
  • Does the organizational structure of the program contribute to goal attainment? If not, why not?
  • Are personnel adequate and trained to assure goal attainment?
  • Do program outcomes reflect stated goals?
  • Can program outcomes be measured?
  • Can the program be replicated?
  • How can program features be changed to enhance outcome measurement?
  • Can program resources be combined with other resources to enhance results?
  • Are resources sufficient?
  • Does the program have the capacity for self-improvement and adaptation in the face of environmental changes?
  • Can the funds committed entice other funds?

Our staff works carefully with your staff to ensure the self-study clearly communicates programmatic objectives and the ways those objectives are being met.

To assist in this self-study, we provide access to the authoritative SchoolMatch databases. SchoolMatch data serve as a base to provide comparative information about those schools that are prospective candidates for your support. The databases are comprehensive resources containing comparative information on each of the 15,889 public school systems in the country.

Next, we assemble evaluation teams of nationally recognized evaluators with wide experience in helping organizations - business, education, health and philanthropic - analyze capacity and ability to mount programmatic initiatives with maximum impact. Teams are carefully assembled to reflect a variety of professional skills and perspectives. We are sensitive to individual climate and business objectives. A five-member team might be comprised of:

  1. A facilitator experienced in working with corporations and schools to achieve results.

  2. A well-respected educator skilled in measuring program results.

  3. An experienced corporate human resource professional with background in the employment field.

  4. A school management expert with experience in assuring that dollars expended can be directly tied to programmatic results.

  5. An individual with strong credentials in public policy assessment relating to schools and the attainment of educational objectives.
Each member of the team carefully reviews the self-study in preparation for an on-site visit with responsible executives at headquarters. In some cases, pre-visit sessions may be scheduled at program sites to address points raised during the self-study or to more clearly understand how program objectives are being translated into action.

Using the completed self-study as an evaluation tool, the team then spends two days with corporate leadership analyzing program commitments. Key players are interviewed, documentation analyzed, budgets reviewed, and strategies examined to determine how well objectives are being met.

Upon completion of the on-site visit we will prepare an action report that analyzes your organization's financial commitment and the educational results achieved. The chair of the on-site team together with one of our senior staff members will present the report and offer recommendations.

The result!

Your philanthropic program will promote your corporate mission by targeting your resources that are earmarked for school programs.

Not-for-Profit Support Analysis Program Education

SchoolMatch has the capacity to analyze your current program commitments to schools and train your managers in areas of school issues and involvement.

Increasingly, organizations such as not-for-profits are investing in elementary and secondary schools. The principal concern of corporate leaders is assuring a literate, confident and motivated workforce capable of meeting the business challenges of today's technological workplace.

To that end, a variety of programs has been developed with the shared goals of improving manager's understanding of school issues and increasing student performance and motivation. This long-term strategy is intended to improve productivity in the workplace, thereby contributing to the ability of U.S. business to compete in current and newly emerging world markets.

Is your investment paying off?

SchoolMatch can be your organization's answer to that question. With our documentation and training you will be able to more carefully target your school resources to meet corporate goals, assess the impact of those resources, and more clearly advise elementary and secondary schools about the effective use of your resources.

Measuring results

Regretfully, most corporate "school partnership" programs have not been evaluated in terms of the strategic objectives of the organizations involved or the academic outcomes anticipated by the schools. Not-for-profit underwriters are asking educators to be accountable for the investment of money, equipment and human resources.

"Is the partnership producing measurable differences in student achievement and attitude?"

"Do the 'school partnership' programs of the organization enhance the availability of employable high school or college graduates?"

Both schools and not-for-profits need to focus on the "bottom line." In the absence of measurable data, those partnerships that appear to be in trouble seem to lack a clear mission and program structure, or are unable to overcome mistrust. The two parties muddle along without reaching an understanding of each other's goals.

These goals can more readily be attained with the SchoolMatch approach.

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