The University of Washington Center for Evaluation & Research for STEM Equity (CERSE) has been involved in program evaluation in STEM fields for more than 20 years with a strong emphasis on using research to inform practice. Leveraging CERSE’s research strengths, the staff adapts rigorous research methodologies to assess the impact of programs designed to diversify the STEM workforce.
CERSE conducts program evaluations at many levels of the STEM pipeline including postsecondary education, graduate programs, post-doctoral programs, faculty programs, and the workforce. Our experience with K-12-focused evaluation has been limited in the last 10 years, but we are interested and willing to work in this area. Evaluation reports provide program administrators with information needed to identify areas for formative improvements as well as summative data to measure program outcomes. Populations of interest in these evaluations include individuals belonging to excluded identity groups in STEM, such as: Blacks, Latinx, Native Americans, Pacific Islanders, women, people with disabilities, LGBTQ persons, first generation college students, students from low-income backgrounds, and veterans.
Documenting program success with reliable data enables continued funding and wider impact of your research and education grants.