Evaluation and Learning Research Center

The ELRC is a national and international recognized leader in education research and evaluation. Known by federal agencies for conducting rigorous research and evaluation, the ELRC maintains of portfolio of 20 active projects, adds credibility and value to over 40 proposals each year, and consults with faculty across the Purdue University campus and beyond on a host of nascent stage projects. ELRC evaluation expertise is often a win differentiator for competitive proposals and scholarship driven by ELRC professionals and propels Purdue into the national conversation surrounding evidence-based education reform. The ELRC is seen as a national model for effective STEM education research and evaluation.

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New Publications

ELRC has a new publication in Business and Society Review, “An interdisciplinary perspective on private sector engagement in cross-sector partnerships: The whywhere, and how”Jennifer Sdunzik, Daniel K. Bampoh, Joseph V. Sinfield, Lindley McDavid, Wilella Burgess

This work, representing a collaboration among researchers in the ELRC and colleagues in Civil Engineering and the Institute for Innovation Science at Purdue with funding from USAID, provides an interdisciplinary, evidence-based framework comprising key purpose, context, and relationship enablers for evaluating and enabling and optimizing partnership outcomes.

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Loran Parker worked with colleagues in ABE to develop, implement, and evaluate a competency-based education program for food and drug regulators in sub-Saharan Africa.  A new publication based on this work can be found in Pharmacy Education, “Describing competency requirements for competency-based regulatory sciences education in sub-Saharan Africa-A qualitative systematic review”, Abigail Ekeigwe, Bethany McGowan, Loran Parker, Steven Byrn, Kari Clase


Journal of College Science Teaching, “Developing a Classroom Assessment Rubric”, Chandrani Mishra, Loran Parker, Kari Clase


Jennifer Sdunzik co-authored a chapter with Chrystal Johnson, Associate Professor in the College of Education, in the Handbook of Research on Teachers of Color and Indigenous Teachers that was just released by the American Education Research Association: “Step into My World: A Pedagogy of Black Male Caring,” pp. 675-690.



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Two Purdue Veterinary Medicine Programs Receive INSIGHT Into Diversity Magazine's 2021 Inspiring Programs in STEM Award

The ELRC is proud to be the Evaluation Team for two programs, “The League of VetaHumanz” and “Vet Up! National HCOP Academy for Veterinary Medicine.”. The Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine (PVM)  received the 2021 Inspiring Programs in STEM Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, the largest and oldest diversity and inclusion publication in higher education, for two programs, “The League of VetaHumanz” and “Vet Up! National HCOP Academy for Veterinary Medicine.”  The Inspiring Programs in STEM Award honors colleges and universities that encourage and assist students from underrepresented groups to enter the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).  The Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine will be featured, along with 78 other recipients, in the September 2021 issue of INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine.

What We Do:

Conduct original research that pushes the boundaries of our understanding of education and educational best practice

Support research, education, and engagement projects through expertise in educational theory, evaluation, and project management

Partner with both internal and external stakeholders to enhance accountability, visibility, and reputation.