How Effective Is It? Dr. Tarek Azzam on Evaluation and Assessment
Dr. Tarek Azzam

Dr. Tarek Azzam

Education is filled with passionate professionals who have ideas about what works best when it comes to teaching. How do we measure the success (or lack thereof) of new programs? How do we know if educational programs are working as intended? In this episode, Schooled Radio talks to UCSB's Dr. Tarek Azzam to find out.

Dr. Tarek Azzam is an Associate Professor in the Department of Education. Dr. Azzam’s research focuses on developing new methods suited for real-world evaluations. These methods attempt to address some of the logistical, political, and technical challenges that evaluators commonly face in practice. His work aims to improve the rigor and credibility of evaluations and increase its potential impact on programs and policies. His research work involves studying the impact of politics on the evaluation process, and the integration of new technologies and resources, such as crowdsourcing, to develop new evaluation specific methodologies. 

Dr. Azzam has also been involved in multiple research and evaluation projects that have included the evaluation of student academic and retention programs at the K–12 and higher education levels, Science Technology Engineering Math (STEM) education programs, children’s health programs, and international schools and development program. Dr. Azzam is also the director of the Center for Evaluation & Assessment (CEA) at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and an active member of the American Evaluation Association.

Bits of music you might notice: Yo La Tengo, "Georgia Vs. Yo La Tengo"; Roedelius, "Geradewohl;" Speed the Plough, "Napoleon."

This episode was first broadcast on KCSB-FM 91.9 on May 4, 2021.