Pathways2Possibilities 5 Year Findings Report

From our research team at the Center for Research Evaluation at The University of Mississippi

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Hope Gilbert, PhD

Hope Gilbert, PhD

Hope Gilbert is a Research Associate at CERE. She received her B.S. in Biology at the University of Mississippi, Masters at the University of Tennessee and Ph.D. from The Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions. Prior to joining CERE, she worked with the Department of Defense to evaluate clinical and educational programs related to traumatic brain injury and psychological health. Her areas of expertise include public health/epidemiology, program evaluation and research methodology. Given her background in epidemiology and biomedical research having worked as a consultant with the federal government and Fortune 500 companies, Hope’s public health background provides a unique approach to program evaluation that combines healthcare research with principled practice.

Sarah Mason, PhD

Sarah Mason, PhD

Sarah Mason is the Director of the Center for Research Evaluation. She is an evaluator whose primary goal is to advance the practice of evaluation through: (1) innovative evaluation practice, (2) high quality training for evaluators, (3) public advocacy in support of evaluation, and (4) the development of practical tools that allow individuals to embed evaluation into everyday decisions. Over the past 15 years Sarah has conducted research and evaluation projects across a wide range of contexts, including in Australia, the United States, Afghanistan, East Timor, Myanmar and Cambodia. Her research and evaluation expertise lie in the areas of contextually-responsive evaluation design, survey methodology, educational evaluation, and evaluation influence. Sarah has a Ph.D. in Evaluation and Applied Research Methods from Claremont Graduate University, Masters Degrees in Psychology and Development Studies and a Graduate Certificate of Education (Early Years).

Joey Rutherford

Joey Rutherford

Joey Rutherford is the Assistant Director of the Center for Research Evaluation. With more than a decade of experience at CERE, Joey specializes in educational evaluation, particularly in the context of higher education. Joey has a Masters in Higher Education and is completing his Ph.D. coursework in Higher Education at The University of Mississippi. Having worked with CERE for 11 years, Joey has worked on a variety of evaluation projects as a research specialist and as an administrator. Joey’s expertise involves collaborating with universities and their offices of research to ensure projects are handled in a professional manner and consistent with rules and regulations.

P2P is a research based event. All decisions are purposeful and strategic based on data. Additionally, the Center for Educational Research and Evaluation at the University of Mississippi is conducting a study of the impact of P2P on the various stakeholders. The study focuses on the 2015 P2P Gulf Coast participants. The research team is in the process of delivering the short-term impact results, while tracking a sample of the population over a ten-year period for longitudinal results.

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The P2P team meets with administrators, counselors and teachers from participating schools before the event to help them prepare their students. Each student spends two to two-and-a-half hours exploring career pathways at P2P. Most students have studied careers and taken interest surveys in their classrooms prior to attending P2P to help them identify careers that may be a good fit for them. The P2P team hosts a post-event feedback session with the same educators, using the responses to help improve the next event.

“Understand that the right to choose your own path is a sacred privilege. Use it. Dwell in possibility.”

– Oprah Winfrey


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