The University of Washington Center for Evaluation & Research for STEM Equity (CERSE) has been involved in program evaluation in science and engineering 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 science and engineering workforce.
CERSE conducts program evaluations at many levels of the science and engineering 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 those who are underrepresented in STEM fields such as women, minority groups, and people with disabilities from students to faculty.
Documenting program success with reliable data enables continued funding and wider impact of your research and education grants.