Evaluation is a systematic collection and analysis of data to assess the strengths and weaknesses of programs, policies, and organizations to improve their effectiveness.
- Do your indicators of success represent the true value of your work?
- Are your goals measurable using realistic resources?
- Have you integrated the ongoing and final evaluation with your program goals?
- Do you need help in articulating the value of your work to funders, governing or advisory groups, and program participants?
- Do you know how to select an appropriate evaluator?
Evaluation should be part of the planning process to establish realistic goals resulting in measurable outcomes that reflect the importance of your work.
We can help you translate your vision into evaluation plans, activities and reports that measure outcomes and communicate their impact to your funders, peers, and audiences.
- Evaluation and implementation plans for a university’s new field program
- Evaluation of undergraduate research internship programs focused on diversity
- Quantitative analysis of metrics for a social science, non-profit organization
- Evaluation planning for a science museum exhibit
- Building frameworks for art-science collaborations
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Resources for STEM Evaluation
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On Scientists Becoming Evaluators
Good evaluation is not necessarily done by social scientists. Neither does a PhD in science ensure a qualified evaluation. On the positive side, scientists have the content knowledge to delve into important questions needed for significant evaluation. They have insights about the scientific community expectations. They also have the language and culture to work with STEM people. Scientists can learn the profession of evaluation, gaining the right knowledge, expertise, and experience. MORE »
On the Education of Stakeholders
What is evaluation and who is qualified to do it? Evaluation is not the same as social science research but, on the other hand, is a rigorous and systematic approach to measuring impact. This blog, written for the STEM interest group of the American Evaluation Association, brings up some questions about who understands what about evaluation. MORE »
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