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Evaluations

Program Evaluation of the Appalachian Regional Commission's Infrastructure and Public Works Projects
September 2013
HDR Decision Economics, Cambridge Systematics Economic Development Research Group, and Mt. Auburn Associates
This program evaluation examined ARC investments in infrastructure projects funded in fiscal years 2004-2010.
Abstract & Report Contents Full report in PDF (3.0 MB)
Program Evaluation of ARC's Education and Workforce Development Projects: 2000-2008
December 2012
Gary Silverstein and Melissa Bryce, Westat; Diana Long, Rahall Transportation Institute; and Steve Landau, Economic Development Research Group
Prepared by Westat
This report presents findings from an evaluation of education and workforce development projects funded by ARC between fiscal years 2000 and 2008, and recommendations for enhancing performance measurement procedures.
Abstract & Report Contents Full Report in PDF (2.3 MB)
Program Evaluation of ARC's Tourism, Cultural Heritage and Natural Asset-Related Projects
September 2010
Regional Technology Strategies, Inc., with Mt. Auburn Associates and Appalachian State University
This report, prepared by Regional Technology Strategies and issued in FY 2010, evaluated the outcomes of 132 Tourism, Cultural Heritage, and Natural Asset-Related projects through surveys, interviews, and statistical analysis.
Abstract & Report Contents Full Report in PDF (2.15 MB)
Economic Impact Study of Completing the Appalachian Development Highway System
June 2008
Cambridge Systematics, Inc., Economic Development Research Group Inc., and HDR Decision Economics
This study assesses the travel performance, trade, and economic development impacts directly related to completing the Appalachian Development Highway System (ADHS).
Abstract & Report Contents Full Report in PDF (4.27 MB)
Creating an Entrepreneurial Appalachian Region: Findings and Lessons from an Evaluation of the ARC’s Entrepreneurship Initiative 1997-2005
April 2008
Rural Policy Research Institute
An evaluation of ARC's Entrepreneurial Initiative in terms both of outcomes achieved by a sample of funded projects and of broader policy impacts across the region.
Abstract & Report Contents Full Report in PDF (3.2 MB)
An Assessment of Alternative Measures for Determining Economically Distressed Counties and Areas in the Appalachian Region
March 2008
This report was solely funded by the 13 partner states of the Appalachian Regional Commission.
This report responds to a proactive effort by the ARC to explore new avenues for assessing wellbeing. Despite well-recognized advances, chronic socioeconomic distress persists in various pockets in the region while other areas face instability.
Abstract & Report Contents Full Report in PDF (8 MB)
Program Evaluation of the Appalachian Regional Commission's Infrastructure and Public Works Projects
October 2007
BizMiner/Brandow Company, Inc. and Economic Development Research Group, Inc.
During 2006, the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) conducted an evaluation of infrastructure and public works projects to determine if projects achieved their original objectives. In addition, as part of the Commission's ongoing performance evaluation
Abstract & Report Contents Full Report in PDF (1.5 MB)
Evaluation of the Appalachian Regional Commission-Oak Ridge National Laboratory Summer Institute for Math/Science/Technology
March 2006
Simkin, Linda and Valerie Futch
Academy for Educational Development
This March 2006 report describes some of the key immediate and long-term outcomes achieved by the Appalachian Regional Commission–Oak Ridge National Laboratory Summer Institute for Math/Science/Technology for student and teacher participants.
Abstract & Report Contents Full Report in PDF (337 KB)
Evaluation of the Appalachian Regional Commission's Community Capacity-Building Projects
July 2004
Westat Corporation
This report summarizes findings from an evaluation study of 100 community capacity-building projects funded by the ARC between 1995 and 2003.
Abstract & Report Contents Full Report in PDF (1 MB)
Evaluation of the Appalachian Regional Commission's Telecommunications Projects: 1994–2000
June 2003
Westat Corporation
This program evaluation examines 70 telecommunications projects that were started and completed between 1995 and 2001.
Abstract & Report Contents Full Report in PDF (1.5 MB)
Evaluation of the Appalachian Regional Commission's Vocational Education and Workforce Training Projects
January 2002
Westat Corporation
This study examined 92 projects, including workforce and displaced-worker training, vocational education, apprenticeships, and basic and adult literacy projects that were started and completed during the 1995–2000 period.
Abstract & Report Contents Full Report in PDF (1.3 MB)
Evaluation of the Appalachian Regional Commission's Educational Projects: Final Report (Vol. 1)
March 2001
Westat Corporation
This report evaluated the implementation and impact of 84 education projects funded by the Appalachian Regional Commission during the 1990s.
Abstract & Report Contents Full Report in PDF (900 KB)
Evaluation of the Early Stages of the Appalachian Regional Commission's Entrepreneurship Initiative
March 2001
Regional Technology Strategies, Inc.
This study provided an early evaluation of the Appalachian Regional Commission's entrepreneurship program.
Abstract & Report Contents Full Report in PDF (600 KB)
Evaluation of the Appalachian Regional Commission's Infrastructure and Public Works Program Projects
June 2000
The Brandow Company and Economic Development Research Group, Inc.
ARC commissioned this evaluation of infrastructure and public works projects in order to determine the extent to which these projects have achieved their originally stated objectives.
Abstract & Report Contents Full Report in PDF (1 MB)
Appalachian Development Highways Economic Impact Studies
July 1998
Wilbur Smith Associates
This study evaluates both the transportation efficiency benefits and economic development impacts of the completed portions of the Appalachian Development Highway System (ADHS).
Abstract & Report Contents Full Report in PDF (7.5 MB)