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Welcome to Program Evaluation

  • Vision: DPE will be an indispensable part of the decision-making process as FCS selects, monitors, and improves programs so students can succeed on their chosen paths.

    Mission: The Department of Program Evaluation is responsible for providing Fulton County Schools with rigorous assessments for a wide range of program/organizational investments that will generate actionable recommendations to appropriate stakeholders for impacting student achievement. 

    In an effort to accomplish this goal, the department engages in the following targeted activities:

    • Conduct rigorous evaluations of district- and school-level programs to identify the effectiveness of current practices
    •  Prepare reports to document evaluation findings and guide data-driven decision-making
    • Review industry-wide research to inform district evaluation practice
    • Maintain an inventory of widely-used programs and initiatives in the district
    • Facilitate the approval and monitoring of research requests and support the translation of the research to improve practice
    • Assist in the development of grant application and the evaluation of grant-funded programs

DPE Staff

  • Director of Program Evaluation 

    Amanda Swerdlow

    Program Evaluation Analyst

    Kiara Poole



  • Board Policy IJ Program Evaluation

    Operating Guideline IJ Program Evaluation

    The Board recognizes the value of allowing government agencies, educational institutions, appropriate nonprofit organizations, and district staff members to conduct well-designed, educationally sound research projects. Research is defined as the systematic investigation into and study of materials and sources to establish facts and reach new conclusions to advance knowledge or determine best practices.

    The Board authorizes the Superintendent or designee to approve appropriate research projects. Work on the research project may not begin until the project has been approved in writing by the Superintendent or designee.

    Approval will be granted only to those projects that will provide a substantial benefit to a particular school or the school system as a whole.

    Go to Research Requests