Grants & Contracts

We engage in translational research through an array of grants & contracts awarded by federal and statewide sponsors such as the US Department of Education, Ohio Department of Education, and Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections. Our collaborations empower us to lead discoveries that can inform and directly influence the fields of education, family engagement, and workforce development nationwide.



Since 1995, we have provided leadership and coordination of statewide adult education activities in collaboration with the state Aspire office at the Ohio Department of Higher Education, local programs, and professional development providers. We use a process of continuous improvement to realign to the state Aspire office strategic goals, ensuring that activities align with the best interest of Aspire programs and adult learners throughout Ohio.

We partner with Kent State University to assist local Aspire programs in developing the skills and knowledge of their staff in order to increase the successful transition of students to postsecondary education, training, and employment.

Sponsor: Kent State University

Principal Investigator: Traci Lepicki

Co-PI: Adrienne Boggs

Current Award Total: $293,867

Coordination of Regional Family-Community Engagement Network: IDEA parent, community, & educator collaboration

Our coordination and management of the Regional Family-Community Engagement Network project is focused on: 

  • Improving the processes and outcomes of the family consultants by assisting in the development of regional, comprehensive plans for engagement of families and communities of students with disabilities.
  • Maximizing consultants’ roles and assisting them in establishing broad networks of support for referring families and educators to information, resources, and services for students with disabilities.
  • Building the knowledge and skills of family consultants through professional development.
  • Creating a cohesive and consistent quality of services of family consultants.
  • Developing effective communications and partnerships with Ohio’s parent mentors.

We partner with the Office for Exceptional Children at the Ohio Department of Education to provide resources for the State Support Teams’ family consultants. We strengthen the family engagement work of the State Support Teams through the development and delivery of webinars, meeting facilitation, and providing mechanisms for communication and networking.

Sponsor: Ohio Department of Education

Principal Investigator: Dr. Barbara Boone

Current Award Total: $89,000

Corrections Consultant Project

Our associates travel to all Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections facilities to provide support to educators. For educators new to the field, this support includes structures for best teaching practices, guidance on compliance with licensure requirements of the Ohio Department of Education, and face-to-face school classroom visits. We also provide consultation on career-technical licensure, curriculum development, report preparation, and recommendations to the leadership of the school districts within the Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections.

Sponsor: Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections

Principal Investigator: Rebecca Parker

Current Award Total: $99,406

Corrections Teacher Educator Project

Our associates support new career technical education teachers within the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction and the Ohio Department of Youth Services. Individualized support services include assistance with license program enrollment, coursework continuation, classroom observation, and feedback. Teachers are also assisted with license process questions and issues and support for the required end of resident education assessments.

We provide professional development opportunities to other groups within the adult and correctional field including mentor groups, adult education programs, and other entities seeking career technical licensure information and teaching expertise.

Our career and technical educational program offers experts with teacher education proficiency to prepare these experts to update, maintain, and deliver materials used to train the teachers enrolled in the program. 

Sponsor: Department of Youth Services

Principal InvestigatorRebecca Parker

Current Award Total: $36,595

Developing Public-Private Partnerships to Target Elevated Phosphorus Fields to Increase Water Quality & Availability

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture has funded seven grants for research that will provide solutions to critical water problems across the United States. These awards were made through the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) Water for Food Production Systems Challenge Area. AFRI’s Water for Food Production Systems program focuses on developing new technologies and strategic management tools that solve water quantity and quality, sustainable use and reuse, and farming practices to conserve water. OSU researchers will measure phosphorus runoff rates from participating fields and identify effective management practices that can limit nutrient runoff while maintaining crop yields. Through collaborations with agricultural organizations, the researchers will identify fields and producers to adopt management practices to support the development of an Extension program promoting knowledge and management of fields with elevated soil phosphorus.

Our evaluators employ an empowerment evaluation approach to evaluate this project. A range of qualitative and quantitative methods, along with community problem-solving skills, are used to evaluate the project and support the development of program improvements.

Sponsor: National Institute of Food and Agriculture

Principal Investigator:  Jay Martin (College of Food, Agriculture and Environment Sciences)

Co-PI: Dr. Dave Julian

Current Award Total: $4,317,062

Educators & Families for English Learners

Our associates provide pre-service and in-service teachers in high needs school districts with professional learning to improve instruction for English learners. Sponsored by the US Department of Education and Office of English Language Acquisition, we serve teachers in Ohio, Texas, and the District of Columbia. We lead this consortium of six diverse community organizations including:

  • Center for Inspired Teaching
  • Latin American Youth Center
  • Briya PCS & Mary’s Center
  • Family & Children First Council
  • Somali Community Association of OH
  • Ethiopian Tewahedo Social Services
  • Harris County Department of Education  
  • Educational Solutions, DC & Youth Policy Institute of NY


Our work addresses the need for professional learning in English Language Learning instruction and partnerships with families in a number of ways:

  • Developing and implementing online PD via virtual learning network to enhance and refine EL-pedagogical content knowledge.
  • Providing face-to-face PD surrounding instructional best practices for ELs.
  • Developing turnkey training for instructional specialists to sustain effective PD.
  • Advancing student focused coaching to support EL academic language acquisition.
  • Training teachers and staff to adopt a response to intervention (RTI) and trauma-informed strategies to de-escalate classroom conflict.


Sponsor: US Department of Education

Principal Investigator: Dr. Belinda Gimbert

Co-PI: Rebecca Parker

Current Award Total: $585,950 (includes 4 subawards)

Evaluation of the Center for Clinical and Translational Science

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has awarded a $25 million Clinical and Translational Science Award to Dr. Rebecca Jackson, a member of the faculty of The Ohio State University College of Medicine and director of the university’s Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCTS). This funding from the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences will further the center’s mission of translating scientific discoveries into clinical therapies to improve human health. The CCTS is a collaboration of The Ohio State University College of Medicine, other colleges at Ohio State and Nationwide Children’s Hospital. This is the center’s third five-year cycle of funding from the NIH since 2008. The CCTS provides financial, organizational and educational support to biomedical researchers, as well as opportunities for community members to participate in valuable research. This new grant will support team science initiatives, workforce development and partnerships with private and public organizations. The CCTS currently partners with local communities to improve health outcomes in areas such as mental health, substance abuse, infant mortality and obesity.

We employ an empowerment evaluation approach to contribute to the CCTS’ understanding of the impact of its work. A range of qualitative and quantitative methods, along with community problem-solving skills, are employed. Building the capacity of CCTS program directors to effectively engage in evaluation and resultant program improvement is an important feature of this project.

Sponsor: National Institutes of Health

Principal Investigator: Dr. Dave Julian

Current Award Total: $14,500

Head Start Collaboration

The Ohio Department of Education’s Head Start Collaboration Office commissioned our associates to conduct a needs assessment in support of their mission to promote and facilitate effective collaborations among diverse groups with shared interest in serving young children and their families, so that Ohio children have the high-quality early experiences necessary to reach their full potential. Both qualitative and quantitative methods were utilized, aimed at understanding the needs of early childhood serving entities. 

This multi-year project involves our associates conducting a study to provide a thorough understanding of partnerships and opportunities for collaboration including the desires, needs, assets, and barriers experienced by local program providers. The study is designed to illuminate successes and related policies/practices from exemplars across the state with an eye toward the development of capacity building resources and professional development intended to support Head Start providers’ efforts to effectively collaborate with other local early childhood education providers and local community agencies serving families of young children. The study report will serve as the foundation for the development and presentation of capacity building resources and professional development that will be offered to local early childhood education providers across the state.

SponsorOhio Department of Education

Principal Investigators: Dr. Melissa Ross 

Current Award Total: $30,000

Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) Parent Community and Educator Collaboration

The purpose of Ohio’s State Professional Development Grant (SPDG) awarded to the Ohio Department of Education (ODE) is to identify and address state and local needs for the preparation and professional development of personnel who serve infants, toddlers, preschoolers, or children with disabilities, as well as individuals who provide direct supplementary aids and services to children with disabilities.

CETE works closely with the Ohio Department of Education’s Office for Exceptional Children to provide deep learning in family engagement for regional coaches working in schools. For the current SPDG project, CETE is training regional coaches to implement Partnerships for Literacy, a research-based family engagement program developed by Drs. Boone and Wellman at CETE’s Ohio Statewide Family Engagement Center.  

Sponsor: Ohio Department of Education Office for Exceptional Children

Principal InvestigatorDr. Barbara Boone

Co-PI: Dr. Meredith Wellman

Current Award Total: Pending

Planning & Evaluation Services for Ohio Mental Health and Addiction Services Transition Age Youth Project

Ohio is engaged in a cooperative agreement with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT). States  have been asked to develop and implement a comprehensive strategic plan to improve treatment for transitional-aged youth (ages 16-25) with substance-use disorders (SUD) and or co-occurring substance-use and mental health disorders. The plan is designed to ensure that youth have access to evidence-based assessments, treatment models and recovery services by strengthening the existing infrastructure. The process is designed to bring together stakeholders across the systems serving transitional-aged youth to plan and implement a coordinated statewide network that develops policies, expands workforce capacity, disseminates evidence-based practices, and implements financial mechanisms and other reforms. The aim is to improve the integration and efficiency of the treatment and recovery support system.

We are managing this collaborative effort via facilitation of a formal decision-making process supported by several functions including leadership, community involvement, generation of pertinent information and data, community investment in programs and services, and meaningful evaluation.

The program is in year three of implementation and we continue to facilitate the Ohio Interagency Council for Youth efforts to support development of recommendations for changes in policy, programming, and workforce preparedness and recommendations to  realign funds to support integrated, comprehensive behavioral health approaches to ensure equal access to behavioral health of all Ohio transition-age youth.

SponsorOhio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services

Principal InvestigatorsDr. Dave Julian & Dr. Melissa Ross

Current Award Total: $78,000

Ohio's Statewide Family Engagement Center

Ohio Statewide Family Engagement Center at the Center on Education and Training for Employment is a leader in the field of family, school, and community engagement. We bring research to action by providing schools and families with the tools they need to work together so all children have success in learning and life. We aim to inspire and equip schools, community organizations, and families to work together by providing useful information and training on high-impact family engagement practices. Our work:

  • Provides training & tools to families to help them understand ways to support their child’s learning, emotional health, & plans for the future.
  • Supports approaches to family engagement that are lasting and integrated into family life and the school system.
  • Contributes new research to the field of family engagement.
  • Builds professional training and tools for school leaders, teachers, and community partners to build their capacity to work with all families.


The Statewide Family Engagement Center is a collaboration of The Ohio State University’s Center on Education and Training for Employment; the Ohio Department of Education; the National Network of Partnership Schools at Johns Hopkins University; the National Association for Family, School, and Community Engagement; the Youth Policy Institute, and many other state and regional partners.

Sponsor: US Department of Education

Principal Investigator: Dr. Barbara Boone

Co-PI: Dr. Meredith Wellman

Current Award Total: $4,186,529 (2 subawards)

PROSPER: Promoting School-Community-University Partnerships to Enhance Resilience

Ohio State’s College of Public Health, College of Education and Human Ecology, OSU Extension, and Central State University Extension are partnering to implement the Promoting School-community-university Partnerships to Enhance Resilience (PROSPER) and a delivery system and education program in urban and rural neighborhoods. PROSPER is an evidence-based delivery system facilitating sustained, quality delivery of evidence-based education programs. It has been funded by the National Institutes on Drug Abuse for nearly 20 years and has significantly increased resilience of students to alcohol and other drugs (including opioids) misuse through high school and in follow-up studies, all the way into adulthood as the early middle school students are now in their late 20’s.

We are contributing to the effort to implement PROSPER in Ohio. Our associates are engaged in efforts to evaluate the implementation of PROSPER in Ohio and study the short and intermediate impact of the delivery system on Columbus youth.

Sponsor: Ohio Department of Higher Education/ Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

Principal Investigators: Andrew Wapner (College of Medicine)/ Micheal Betz (College of Education and Human Ecology)

Co-PI: Dr. Dave Julian

Current Award Total: $915,258

Salvation Army of Central Ohio Human Trafficking Evaluation

The Salvation Army of Central Ohio Human Trafficking Evaluation is funded by a Comprehensive Services for Victims of Human Trafficking Program Grant from the federal Office of Victims of Crime to enhance the quality and quantity of services available to for trafficked persons in Central Ohio through interagency collaboration and a coordinated community response to victims of human trafficking. This work addresses the individualized needs of victims through the provision of an array of quality services, ensuring that all human trafficking victims are able to achieve their goals, which may include greater autonomy, self-sufficiency, a sense of safety and overall well-being, by accessing high-quality, individualized services through a coordinated, collaborative continuum of care.

Our associates are engaged in program evaluation to partner with The Salvation Army and the Comprehensive Services Network. We provide monthly evaluation meeting facilitation, review and analysis of program records, identification of effective practices in collaboration with The Salvation Army staff, analysis and reporting on progress toward performance measures.

Sponsor: The Salvation Army

Principal Investigator: Dr. Meredith Wellman

Current Award Total: $57,000

State Personnel Development Grant Family Engagement for Early Language & Literacy

 We serve as a state partner with the Ohio Department of Education to provide resources and professional development for improving early language and literacy outcomes for all students including those with disabilities, English learners, and other at-risk learners. Partners work in close coordination and integration with Ohio’s State Systemic Improvement Plan, the Ohio Department of Education and other state partners to develop and implement evidence-based practices for instruction and for building and sustaining proactive, equitable systems of learning supports at school, home and in the community. Collectively, these efforts build capacity at the state, regional, district and building levels to support language and literacy learning for all students. 

Our associates provide leadership and expertise for development and implementation of professional development and resources for supporting family and community engagement in early literacy.

SponsorOhio Department of Education

Principal Investigator: Dr. Barbara Boone

Co-PI: Dr. Meredith Wellman

Current Award Total: $99,992

Special Education Profiles & Determinations

We partner with the Ohio Department of Education’s Office for Exceptional Children (OEC) at the Ohio Department of Education to create, update, and maintain individualized electronic data profiles for approximately 1,000 Ohio school districts. The OEC is required to have a Special Education Profile for each school district that displays the district’s performance on Ohio’s State Performance Plan (SPP) indicators.

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act of 2004 (IDEA) requires each state to have an SPP in place. This plan describes and evaluates the state’s efforts to implement the requirements and includes annual targets for 20 indicators identified by the Office of Special Education Programs and the U.S. Department of Education.

Some of the SPP indicators measure procedural compliance with IDEA, while others measure outcomes and results for students with disabilities. Understanding the relationships among indicators and considering this when planning for continuous improvement can be a very effective mechanism to provide information about systems change, efficient use of funds, coordinated professional development, and ultimately improved outcomes for students. In addition to supporting continuous improvement efforts, the Special Education Profile informs districts of any findings of noncompliance and required activities that must be completed to achieve compliance in each school year.

Sponsor: Ohio Department of Education

Principal Investigator: Dr. Barbara Boone

Current Award Total: $136,864

Technical Testing Project

Ohio’s Secondary Career-Technical Education programs require a standardized assessment system across the 16 career fields to be used primarily as an accountability measure for maintaining Perkins IV funding. Secondary students are required to take an end-of-course (EOC) posttest exam following instruction for all courses, aligned to Ohio’s specific business and industry needs, taken in their program. The EOC exams serve as a measure of student’s technical knowledge and skill. In addition to the primary purpose of state and federal accountability, these exams serve several secondary purposes.

First, local school districts may choose to use student gain scores as an input to teacher effectiveness ratings for the Ohio Teacher Evaluation System. This requires a pretest and a posttest. Second, some EOC tests are used to articulate credit for linked postsecondary courses. Third, a new feature of the system is that tests may be used to provide formative feedback to teachers for student improvement.

Our associates work with the Ohio Department of Education Office of Career-Technical Education and the Ohio Department of Higher Education. We also work with CTE instructors to develop and review test items and tests, validate assessments and set proficient and advanced cut scores. We design, develop, and deliver assessments for the state of Ohio through WebXam or proprietary test delivery platform.

Our Assessment program also assists districts, administrators, and instructors in providing technical support and customized professional development to build awareness and to equip key stakeholders to properly use and navigate the technical-testing system.

Sponsor: Ohio Department of Education

Principal Investigator:  Dr. James Austin

Current Award Total: $1,367,911


DACUM Institute

Center on Education and Training for Employment’s DACUM International Training Center is the premiere provider of DACUM facilitator training in the world. We train more DACUM facilitators than anyone else, both domestically and internationally. The DACUM Institute is designed for school, college, company, and other workforce development programs or course designers, training coordinators, trainers, curriculum specialists, educational specialists, and human resource development specialists to become successful DACUM facilitators.

Contract LeadJohn Moser

Clients & Contract Amounts:

  •             Lightning Protection Institute – $5,700
  •             Laney College – $4,500
  •             The American Society for Nondestructive Testing – $5,300
  •             Chemeketa Community College – $12,536
  •             Zane State College – $17,600
  •             Department of Petroleum, Nairobi, Kenya – $88,400
  •             FedEx Ground Package System, Inc. – $24,500
  •             Ohio Association of Community Colleges – $5,200
  •             American Electric Power – $17,750

Experiential Learning Program for Visiting Scholars

Part a concerted effort by Ohio State’s College of Education and Human Ecology to foster collaboration and increase college engagement at the global level, this Program hosts scholars from Zhejiang Normal University in Jinhua City, Zhejiang Province, China for two months to explore the topics of American culture, the English language, research methodologies, standards-based education systems, and US workplace context.

Many of the scholars will become teachers or instructors themselves, and previous scholars said that the full immersion in these cultural experiences intrigued them to the point of re-imagining their teaching practices.

The Center on Education and Training for Employment develops and implements student-centered, evidence-based curriculum for these scholars on how to develop assessments for workforce development and career education, the business of education, educational technology, and the DACUM process including a hands-on task analysis workshop.

Sponsor: Zhejiang Normal University

Contract Lead: Traci Lepicki

Contract Amount: $35,000

Fairfield County Juvenile Court: Program Evaluation and Continuous Quality Improvement Project

Center on Education and Training for Employment provides capacity building services in support of Fairfield County Juvenile Court’s efforts to implement and evaluate quality assurance processes designed in the previous phase of this project.

Client:  Fairfield County Juvenile Court

Contract Leads:  Dr. Melissa Ross & Dr. Dave Julian

Contract Amount:  $20,000

High Performance Building Operating Professional Certification Program

The Assessment program at CETE uses the WebXamTM system to securely administer exams while also providing instant feedback to test takers. Our work does not stop at administering the examination. We also work with credentialing organizations to gain accreditation, improve their testing process, and determine and refine test development plans as part of our suite of assessment consultation services.  After these tests have been delivered, the data will be analyzed and based on their performance, students will receive digital credentials documenting their successful performance.

Client: High Performance Building Operating Professional (HPBOP) Certification Program

Contract Lead: Dr. James T. Austin

Contract Amount: $20,328

Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

We provide registration and creation of an online learning environment for the “Staying Connected” training modules for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. 

Client:  Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

Contract Leads: Dr. Belinda Gimbert & Rebecca Parker

Contract Amount: $38,000

Native American Indian Center of Central Ohio

This project consists of collecting baseline and post intervention data at the conclusion of the project.  In addition, the team will produce reports and documentation related to project outcomes.  This will provide a wealth of new and unique information related to the American Indian/Alaska Native Communities in Central Ohio, as no project of this kind has ever been undertaken and it will serve as a critical blueprint for future programming after the grant has been completed.

Client: Native American Indian Center of Central Ohio

Contract Leads:  Dr. Dave Julian & Dr. Melissa Ross

Contract Amount:  $7,500

SCID (Systematic Curriculum and Instructional Design)

The SCID workshop is a follow-on program to the DACUM training. It picks up where DACUM leaves off and teaches you how to develop a competency-based curriculum or training program using the ADDIE instructional design model as the framework. Participation in the DACUM training is not a prerequisite, but those who take both courses usually take DACUM first.

In this learning experience participants will acquire the knowledge and skills to be able to develop competency-based instructional materials such as verification surveys, task analysis, competency profiles, learning guides, job aids, curriculum guides, and lesson plans. Individual work and group instruction are supplemented with instructor feedback to make it a truly “hands on” learning experience

Contract Lead: John Moser

Contract Amount: $17,750

Skilled Trades Professional Development Program

We are a technical lead in an effort to modernize job classifications and career progressions for current and future facilities personnel at Ohio State. This is a multi-year, multi-phase, and university-wide project that engages six academic campuses, one medical center, and nine business units across Ohio State. Through leveraging resources from multiple internal teams and supporting student research within the EHE Workforce Development and Education program, CETE is:

  • defining the body of knowledge for all new classification series and job titles
  • customizing our approach to job analysis, including additional task analysis, knowledge-skill-ability identification, and linkage as well as verification through real-time data collection using iPads and electronic survey software
  • creating online and performance assessments to aid in job classification and training plan development
  • partnering with technical curriculum and training providers to deliver skilled trades coursework
  • creating on-the-job training manuals and supporting Ohio State trainers in implementing real-time, hands-on, practical work-based learning
  • developing the infrastructure and operating procedures to support a one of a kind training system


Sponsor: The Ohio State University Facilities Services Departments

Contract Lead: Traci Lepicki

Contract Amount: $866,000