Evaluation of Project UNIFY

Since 2008, CSDE has been conducting an ongoing evaluation of Project UNIFY, a school-based program funded by the US Department of Education which aims to activate youth in an effort to develop school communities where all students are agents of change – fostering respect, dignity, and advocacy for their peers with disabilities. The purpose of the evaluation is to document the successes and challenges of implementing Project UNIFY as well as its impact on participants. In 2011-2012, CSDE conducted the fourth phase of the evaluation which involved a formative evaluation of over 1700 schools and an intense multi-method, multi-source, summative evaluation of Project UNIFY in 56 schools nationwide.  The formative evaluation included surveying Special Olympics Program staff from 38 participating states and over 1,000 liaison teachers from 1,600 schools. The more intensive, in-depth, summative evaluation was conducted in select Project UNIFY schools. This aspect of the evaluation involved surveying over 6,000 students and conducting site visits including in-person interviews with administrators, liaisons, teachers, and participating students with and without  disabilities.

For more information about Project Unify, please read:

 

Impact of the "Get Into It" Program on the Social Inclusion of Students with Disabilities

 

Get Into It is a compilation of educational resources for K-12 educators, developed by Special Olympics, Inc. It explores issues surrounding inclusion, diversity, and social justice for all with a particular emphasis on individuals with disabilities through a variety of lessons and activities. The CSDE has focused on the national roll out of this program and its use by teachers at the national level. The evaluation of Get Into It will provide information on the promotion, design, and delivery of Get Into It in K-12 educational environments and aid in the continued development and adaptation of Get Into It in the future. During the 2011-2012 school year, 116 teachers completed an online survey detailing their use and benefits of the programs in their school. Furthermore, an additional 10 schools were evaluated through site visits. Current data is being analyzed from the survey methods and qualitative data from teacher interviews and classroom observations is being reviewed for salient themes that presented themselves across schools.  

For more information about Get Into It, please read: