What is the Best Way to Begin?


Educational leadership preparation programs are currently engaged in formative and summative evaluation of their candidates and graduates for a variety of purposes and uses. These include:

  • Provide relevant and timely information on graduates and alumni outcomes to ascertain program effectiveness
  • Compare groups of graduates’ experiences to determine benefits of program differences
  • Compare program features and delivery type with other programs regionally and nationally for benchmarking
  • Identify areas for program and course improvement
  • Make the case for program resources and support
  • Research the relationship between program design and delivery, graduate outcomes, and school improvement work

To facilitate planning and data collection, UCEA has developed a formative and summative evaluation planner: Developing Evaluation Evidence.  The planner is organized according to how program inputs and outcomes have been conceptualized and validated in the evaluation research on leadership preparation programs. The evaluation planner is aligned to both the Educational Leadership Constituent Council (ELCC) standards and the UCEA Institutional and Program Quality Criteria and facilitates planning and data collection around preparation program evaluation and improvement. The planner includes a logic model, suggested sources of evidence to collect, worksheets, and key questions to drive program evaluation.

The INSPIRE suite of surveys is also aligned with the ELCC and UCEA standards. It provides 360° data on the quality and impact of educational leadership preparation programs (teacher, leader and program perspectives), and it reflects the key elements of the evaluation planner logic model regarding how preparation impacts leadership, school conditions, and student learning. 

The Planner Resources