Welcome to the STEM Education and Training TIG


Thank you for your membership in our growing TIG! The submission deadline for the AEA 2017 Conference is now closed and you should have received notice about your submission acceptance by now.
The STEM Education and Training TIG invites you to get involved in several other special opportunities surrounding the conference and to look for calls for proposals for the 2018 conference in early 2018.


1. Introducing the 2017 STEM TIG Leadership Team

2. 2017 Conference Proposal Submission
The 2017 Annual AEA Conference will be in Washington, DC, November 6-11. We are looking forward to STEM evaluation specific proposals related to this year’s theme of: From Learning to Action.. See http://www.eval.org/page/evaluation-2017-proposal-submissions for full details on the submission process (Submissions closed 11:59 Pm ET, March 16th, 2017).
Note: You will need a login account to enter a proposal. If you do not want to join AEA right now, you can very easily create a non-member account entering just your name and email address.
The number of submissions in part determines how much the STEM Education and Training TIG is represented at the conference. In 2016, we had 9 posters, 1 panel, 7 multipaper sessions, 3 demonstrations, 1 skill-building workshop, 2 birds-of-a-feather, 5 roundtables, 2 think tanks, and 1 ignite session in the official program. We would like to see that increase in 2017! Be sure to select the STEM Education and Training TIG for review of your proposal as part of the submission process.
Since the work of our TIG community overlaps with other important branches of evaluation, we also have the opportunity of co-sponsoring presentations with other TIGs. Please indicate any ideas you have for co-sponsorship in your proposal.
We are particularly interested in submissions that interpret the conference theme in the context of STEM evaluation in formal and informal learning environments. Additionally, presentations that are well-aligned to the theme may be selected for the presidential strand at the conference.
Here are some topics we are particularly interested in hosting at the conference, organized by the four subthemes proposed by AEA President Kathy Newcomer:

1. Learning to Enhance Evaluation Practices:  Share evaluation practices, including theories, methods and ethics, or lessons in diverse professional settings.

  • Professional learning for STEM evaluators - we’re particularly interested in demonstration or skill-building workshop sessions aligned with this year’s theme
  • Integration of STEM program elements with evaluation elements for learning and synergistic benefits, such as reflective journaling and employing artifacts of practice or structured performance assessments as an evidence base for learning outcomes
  • Conducting evaluations with measures of cultural competence, equity, and inclusion in STEM fields; conversely, ensuring the cultural competence of STEM evaluators
  • Incorporating measures of network connectivity and function as part of evaluating the health or sustainability of an initiative or program

Learning What Works and Why:  Share evidence of what works and why in public policies, programs, and projects.

  • Fidelity of STEM implementation as an evaluative test of program efficacy, and designing STEM evaluations to capture explicit, implicit, and unanticipated outcomes
  • Balancing robust, “gold standard” research and evaluation designs with real-world constraints in STEM contexts and resources
  • Improving communication around and access to STEM education research and evaluation theory, models and designs, instruments and protocols, and findings across diverse education, training, and evaluation contexts

Learning from Others:  Share innovations from other communities that have been or could be incorporated into evaluation practice.

  • Learning from the STEM education and workforce research and practitioner communities that we work with so closely - what recent research findings or best practice innovations should STEM evaluators be considering and incorporating into their practice and into their professional learning?
  • Learning together as a community of STEM evaluation professionals to improve evaluation design and development/validation of STEM instruments and protocols
  • Insights from marketing and philanthropy on effective methods of dissemination to multiple stakeholder groups and the larger community that go beyond the academic annual evaluation report

Learning About Evaluation Users and Uses:  Share your insights on users of our evaluations, our place in policy decision-making, and effective strategies to increase evaluation utilization.

  • Applying the principles of active STEM education and pedagogy to learning from STEM program evaluation with stakeholders, such as facilitated 'lessons learned' and reflection sessions, data placemats, action research, or empowerment evaluation
  • Facilitated learning with STEM PIs in the program design phase to facilitate robust evaluations and theory-based interventions; the role of the evaluator in stakeholder education and program design and throughout the program life cycle
  • Designing evaluations to provide relevant feedback and data to multiple participating role groups, including the agency/funder, the evaluator, research and program personnel, and participants/beneficiaries

3. Volunteer as a Proposal Reviewer
Please consider volunteering to serve as a peer-reviewer for our TIG. It is a great way to get involved with the TIG and help to ensure that we put our best foot forward at the conference. Last year, each reviewer was assigned 4-5 abstracts (approximately 1 page each). Reviewing is easy. You read the abstract, then rate each one according to standardized criteria through an online interface. To volunteer please either (1) reply to this email by Friday March 17th or (2) select our TIG as one for which you’d like to serve as a reviewer when you submit your own proposal through the AEA website.
4. Generate Ideas for TIG Networking and Social Gatherings
We are very interested in developing conference networking and social exchanges outside of the formal program, so we encourage you to communicate with us if you have ideas about events or gatherings outside the conference that would interest TIG members and bring them together. You can respond to this email or you can email anyone on our leadership team, and we will follow up with you before the conference.
5. Check out the STEM Evaluation Repository
We're happy to announce the first public release of our STEM Evaluation Repository. Check out what we have to offer and provide your input to keep this resource growing.
Thanks to everyone who has contributed to the repository, and to participants in our think tanks and business meetings at the last several AEA conferences. A special thanks also goes out to members of the Evaluation Wrecking Crew, an evolving community of practice involving evaluators of computer science initiatives as well evaluators of other STEM education and training initiatives. If you are interested in learning more about the STEM Evaluation Repository, please contact  Ann Martin at ann.m.martin@nasa.gov.
6. Check out our TIG Website
The information in this call for proposals can always be found on our TIG website, which is public, so you may invite colleagues outside of AEA to participate in the conference too. Questions or comments about our website may be directed to our Webmaster, bernadette@meaningfulevidence.com.
7. Check out the AEA library, and be sure to submit your 2016 conference presentations
The AEA library is a great resource for work presented at previous conferences. If you presented at Evaluation 2016, be sure you have submitted your presentation to the library using the Participation menu Public ELibrary.


STEM Education and Training TIG's Evaluation Repository 

We're happy to announce the first public release of our STEM Evaluation Repository. Check out what we have to offer and provide your input to keep this resource growing.

Thanks to everyone who has contributed to the repository, and to participants in our ThinkTanks and business meetings at the last several AEA conferences.


Blog Posts from STEM Education and Training TIG Members

Jason Ravitz and David Fetterman on Using the Power of Rubrics and Technology for Empowerment Evaluation at Google and Beyond

Shelly Engelman and Tom McKlin on 'Grit' as a Measure of Academic Success

Jim Van Haneghan and Jessica Harlan on Interest in STEM: Lessons Learned

Rebecca Teasdale on Methods for Evaluating Public Library STEM Programs

Amy Grack Nelson on Introducing the Building Informal Science Education Project

Bernadette Wright on Strategic Knowledge Mapping

Ayesha Boyce and Manu Platt on Improving Evaluator Communication and PI Evaluation Understanding from the Evaluator's Perspective 

Ayesha Boyce and Manu Platt on Improving Evaluator Communication and PI Evaluation Understanding from the PI's Perspective