The Learner First believes that ongoing measurement and evaluation is the key to continuous improvement. We measure what matters.
Working with educators, families and the community, The Learner First evaluated outcomes for Native Hawaiian keiki (children) in early childhood education at The Community Learning Center at Mā‘ili. The evaluation centered on the level and effectiveness of collaboration between providers, whether it improved the quality of the learning offered, as well as suggestions for the future.
The Learning Center wanted to create a learning environment that would prepare preschoolers for a variety of kindergarten options, while at the same time reinforcing their identities as Native Hawaiians. Furthermore, the Learning Center hoped to maintain a collaborative leadership style that was in keeping with Hawaiian culture.
Our team of evaluators conducted interviews with educators and surveys of staff, families, and the community, and gathered curriculum elements and evidence of student outcomes to analyze program performance.
The evaluators dug deep into the beliefs, values and assumptions of those involved to develop a rich understanding of the work that educators were doing at the Learning Center. They synthesized this evidence and a range of quantitative data into a rigorous, thorough and actionable report that gave the Learning Center a clear picture of what was working well, what needed improvement, and how to drive the necessary change.