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CREATE Research and Evaluation


CREATE employs full-time, experienced research staff and a growing team of doctoral student researchers.

CREATE prides itself on providing quality and cost effective research and evaluation services, with a particular focus on understanding efforts supporting the success of students underrepresented in higher education. Our program evaluation and research group is dedicated to providing independent and rigorous evaluation of educational programs. We are available to help research and evaluate interventions for student and teacher development. 

Please approach us as early as possible in any grant process so we can support you properly in project design and evaluation thinking.

CREATE staff have extensive experience conducting quantitative and qualitative research and evaluations, including mixed methods research on professional development, district-wide reform initiatives, school-based programs and partnerships, and university programs and courses. CREATE can consult with you on setting up a program evaluation. We also execute funded evaluations as well as large-scale research projects. We draw expertise from the fields of psychology, sociology, anthropology, and cognitive science, in addition to the interdisciplinary world of education research.

We have served as researchers and evaluators on grants and funded projects from the Carnegie Corporation, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Spencer Foundation, the Ford Foundation, the U.S. Department of Education, the National Science Foundation, the Howard Hughes Foundation, the Department of Defense, the Office of Naval Research, and the California Subject Matter Projects, as well as state agencies and local foundations.

Our goal is to understand local education needs and promising efforts, so that the region's partners can work methodically to improve education. 


 We care about questions like these:

  • What factors affect young people’s college and career pathways in San Diego?
  • In what subjects or skill development areas do our region’s students particularly struggle? Which interventions in our region (and nationally) seem most promising? 
  • How might UC San Diego-based initiatives most effectively support underrepresented students' successful pathways through the K-20/career "pipeline”?
  • How can exciting local successes in teaching, school reform, program design, and teacher professional development be adapted by others in our region?
  • Recent work at CREATE has included studies of the non-traditional college and career pathways of local low-income youth; studies of “blended” (face-to-face plus online) K-12 classrooms and college preparation courses; studies of district-level policy shifts in new STEM areas; studies of efforts to develop and network science and math teachers; evaluations of new community college math interventions; and evaluations of university-level interventions by UC San Diego partners (see our Recent Publications). 

If you'd like to evaluate a program, or research how your own partnership or outreach effort might have the most impact on student success, email Larry McClure and Monica Sweet, Research and Evaluation Co-Coordinators ( and