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What’s On Track and What’s Breaking Down? Doing an Implementation Assessment to Get Your Program Chugging Towards Its Goals

October 4, 2023 @ 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

Facilitators: Stephanie Foster, PhD, Director of Assessment, Institutional Research, Planning and Effectiveness and Rebekah LeMahieu, PhD, Associate Director of Assessment, Institute for Learning & Teaching, Colorado State University

Dr. Foster spent ten years as the assessment professional for George Mason University’s campus-wide undergraduate research initiative. Dr. LeMahieu leads assessment and research for Colorado State University’s Office for Undergraduate Research and Artistry.

Description: Often, we have big goals for our programs but they may feel abstract or out of reach. Perhaps we have a sense that our programs are working great for some folks but we aren’t reaching others and we don’t know why. Implementation assessment is a way of examining program operations and resources to understand how well a program is going as planned. Implementation assessment can help you gain a stronger sense of your program’s identity and effectiveness, and help you articulate accomplishments and needs to others. It can help you make better claims about how your program is making a difference and for whom. We provide a model that is practical, user-friendly, and will help you be more intentional about where to put your time and resources. We will ask participants to complete a brief pre-workshop activity to prepare for the session.

Goals: By participating in this workshop, participants will:

  1. Create an initial implementation assessment plan for a program or piece of a program.
  2. Articulate the benefits of doing an implementation assessment for a program.
  3. Have an increased sense of confidence about doing program assessment.

Draft Agenda (Eastern Time):

  • 11:00 AM—12:30 PM | Goal 1
    • What is implementation fidelity and its use as a diagnostic tool
    • Brief logic model activity
    • Program theory—why should this program work, and for whom?
  • 12:30 PM—1:00 PM | Meal Break
  • 1:00 PM—2:15 PM | Goal 2a
    • A practical model for implementation assessment: Is your program being implemented well?
  • 2:15 PM—2:30 PM | Break
  • 2:30 PM—3:45 PM | Goal 2b
    • Selecting data and assessment tools for understanding program quality, coverage, and responsiveness
  • 3:45 PM—4:00 PM | Break
  • 4:00 PM—5:00 PM | Goal 3
    • What to make of your findings: understanding strengths and signs of program distress
    • How to integrate implementation assessment strategies into program operations
    • Sharing results internally and externally
    • Program improvement, revisions, and dealing with obstacles



Available until October 3, 2023
Members: $275

Nonmember*: $325

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Looking to send multiple individuals from one institution?
Group rates are available for three or more individuals from the same institution. A 15% discount will be taken at the time of registration. Other discounts cannot be combined. To register, have the institutional contact log in and register as a group. Not seeing this option? Contact CUR@CUR.org.

Accepted forms of payment for registration:
Credit cards (VISA, Mastercard, American Express, and Discover are all accepted.)
Check payment must be received by September 8, 2023.

Registration Cancellation and Substitution Policy:
CUR will honor cancellation requests and provide a refund, less a $50 processing fee, for all requests submitted in writing no later than August 22, 2023. No refunds will be permitted after August 22, 2023. Please submit cancellation requests in writing to cur@cur.org. Transfer of registration to another individual before the cancellation deadline is free of charge but subject to member classification charges due to differences in conference rates. Transfer of registration after the cancellation deadline will be charged a $50.00 transfer fee. Institutions may not substitute one participant for another without prior approval of the CUR National Office.



  • Are there any requirements to attend this event? CUR membership is NOT required to participate, but you will need to create a CUR website account here to register.
  • Where will this event take place? This event will be hosted online.
  • What are the dates and times of this program? The program will take place on Wednesday, October 4, 2023 from 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM ET.
  • When is the deadline to register? Registration will close on October 3, 2023. Please contact CUR@CUR.org if you are having difficulty registering.
  • What is the cost to attend? See the registration fee table above.
  • What are the event-related policies and procedures? Please see CUR’s Event Policies and Procedures page for questions related to accepted payment types, registration cancellation policy, substitution policy, schedule and agenda changes, data and photo use, and code of conduct.
  • Do I need to pay at the time I register? Yes. Payment is required at the time you register. If you are paying by check, please see our address in which to send your payment. Until payment is received, your registration is not complete.
  • Will live sessions be recorded? Content sessions will be recorded and made available for at least three months post-event.
  • When will the agenda be released? A draft agenda is available, but the final agenda will be released before the event.


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October 4, 2023
11:00 am - 5:00 pm
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