Welcome to the STEM Education and Training TIG


Thank you for your membership in our growing TIG! The submission deadline for the AEA 2018 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.


Hank Levin Talk

TIG talk by Dr. Henry Levin on

The Imperative and Method for Measuring and Using Costs in Evaluation

Thursday, 7-8pm, Hoover Room

Click here for a flier with details about the talk.


The STEM Education and Training TIG leadership team is proud to announce the TIG-sponsored conference strand at Evaluation 2017 from November 6-11, 2017 in Washington DC! This year we received over 40 individual proposals and are excited about the 9 posters, 2 birds of a feather, and 19 concurrent sessions that will be presented this year. AEA’s searchable program allows you to sort the program by sponsoring TIG/Track.


Key announcements are highlighted in red.


To register or review details of the conference, please see the AEA conference website at: http://www.evaluationconference.org/


Please attend the STEM Education and Training TIG Business Meeting Events on Thursday, November 9, 2017. Please check the online program for the location:


  • Clustered TIG Business Meeting Reception from 6-7 p.m.


  • Joint Business Meeting Presentation from 7-8 p.m. by Henry (Hank) Levine. Henry Levine received the Distinguished Contributions to Research in Education Award from the American Education Research Association (AERA) this year. Dr. Levin has been a prolific scholar whose groundbreaking research has systematically explored the ways that markets and competition influence the effectiveness of schools and the cost of inadequate education.


  • 2018 STEM Education and Training TIG Elections for the Leadership Team from 8-8:30pm. We will elect our 2018 officers at the Evaluation 2017 STEM Education and Training TIG Business Meeting on November 9 from 8-8:30pm. If you are interested in being nominated for a position or you wish to nominate someone else, please complete this short form and return by October 31, 2017.



We’re actively seeking members for the TIG Leadership Team in the following positions:


•Incoming TIG Chair

•Incoming Program Chair

•Incoming Webmaster

*Member at Large


Each member on the Leadership Team serves a two-year term, one year as Incoming and one year as Lead. The term is the calendar year. You are welcome to be a Member at Large at your convenience--there are no set term limits for Member at Large...in fact, we hope you will be part of our Leadership Team forever!  Please view roles and descriptions at http://comm.eval.org/stemeducationandtraining/tigleadership11/new-item16


Community of STEM Evaluators and an Evolving Repository of STEM Evaluation Resources


At the 2014 AEA conference, STEM TIG members’ identified access to resources as one of the main challenges facing our community. In response, we have developed a STEM Education Evaluation Repository, which is now live on the AEA STEM TIG website. Our crowdsourced repository consolidates evaluation instruments (both validated and unvalidated), planning guides, and existing repositories, serving as a directory to STEM evaluation resources. Please use the repository to support your work and consider adding a resource of your own to expand the library by visiting: http://comm.eval.org/stemeducationandtraining/stem-tig-repository/viewrepository.


If you would like to learn more about this ongoing effort at this year’s conference, please consider the following presentations on Thursday morning, November 9:


Title: Building a Computer Science Evaluation Learning Community:  Using Empowerment Evaluation and Technology Tools. Time: Nov 09, 2017 (08:00 AM - 09:00 AM) Session Type: Think Tank

Abstract: The Computer Science Outcomes Networked Improvement Community (CSONIC) is an NSF funded group of computer science education evaluators focused on using evaluation to improve classroom implementation and student success.  One of their goals is to build a CS evaluation learning community, with an online hub. CSONIC recently organized a face-to-face mini-conference to help build this community. They used an empowerment evaluation approach to: 1) crystallize the group's mission; 2) assess their current efforts; and 3) create clear plans for the future. The results will be shared during this presentation.  In addition, this project takes inspiration from and collaborates with an even larger and more inclusive computer science education evaluation group created by Google with its partners called the "evaluation wrecking crew" to broaden the network of and resources for computer science education evaluators.  This session is designed to provide preliminary results and request feedback and recommendations concerning next steps.


Title: An Evolving Repository of STEM Evaluation Resources. Time: Nov 09, 2017 (10:30 AM - 11:15 AM). Session Type: Demonstration

Abstract:  Over the past three years, the STEM Education and Training TIG has facilitated an ongoing conversation about creating a virtual interface to enhance communication among evaluators about resources and tools of practice in STEM evaluation across the lifespan. This effort began as a result of continued voices from the field asking for resources and instruments since the inception of the TIG in 2012. This demonstration will provide attendees with both an introduction and historical overview of repository development as well as an update on the current status of this evolving conversation. The current virtual version of the STEM evaluation repository constructed using cloud-based Google forms, spreadsheets, and tables will be demonstrated. Attendees will not only have the opportunity to understand its features and reflect on its use in STEM evaluation activities, but also to rate its usefulness, user-friendliness and content coverage for the improvement of future iterations of the repository.


Community Discussion close of 2017:  Revisiting our Roots


As part of our agenda for the 2018 calendar year, the STEM Education and Training TIG is revisiting its NAME, PURPOSE AND VALUES STATEMENT. One of the main reasons for doing this is the increasing interest and participation of evaluators from diverse communities such as PK-12 computer science, informal science and nonprofit STEM programs. We want to make sure that the STEM Education and Training TIG serves STEM evaluators from all contexts. We want to hear from you! After reading our current statements below, we would love to hear your thoughts about recommended changes to increase the value of the TIG to all STEM evaluators. Please respond no later than the beginning of the conference!




Connect with Us!


STEM evaluators can find all of this information and further details about our community of practice or contact the leadership team on our website http://comm.eval.org/STEMEducationandTraining/home


Connect with other members of the TIG on our LinkedIn community https://www.linkedin.com/groups/4704674


and, of course, join AEA and the STEM Education and Training TIG on the Association’s website http://www.eval.org/p/cm/ld/fid=15


By joining the STEM Education and Training TIG, you ensure that your issues and interests as a STEM evaluator are represented in the annual evaluation conference as well as in the field of evaluation. It is also a great opportunity to connect with a growing community of practitioners devoted to learning from and sharing with one another.


Thank you for your time, and we hope to see you in DC!

On behalf of the STEM Education and Training TIG Leadership Team


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