Repository FAQs

Please use this link or the form below to submit a question or feedback to the TIG leadership regarding the repository.

  

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the origin of this repository?

The STEM TIG had initiated a project to build a repository of STEM evaluation tools as far back as 2014. An initial repository was developed by the TIG in response to evaluators' need for new resources.

Since then, the TIG’s leadership team has collaborated with other groups of STEM evaluators, resulting in a new collaborative repository with updated functionality, a broader user base, and a larger leadership team. We've worked with Oak Ridge Associated Universities and the NCWIT/Google-originated Evaluation Wrecking Crew, which has become the CS Impact Network. Now, this coalition of partners is working together to develop a new repository and other community-based tools for evaluators and practitioners in STEM education.

What types of resources are in the repository? 

The repository contains information on evaluation instruments, evaluation planning guides, and other repositories. The repository serves as a directory to other resources, and can adapt to include additional ways of supporting evaluators based on users' resource entries and requests.

The repository takes a broad perspective on the kinds of resources that will be useful for the evaluation of STEM education initiatives. To that end, the collection form has options to assist you in entering and categorizing a range of resources: introductory resources to STEM evaluation; evaluation planning resources; reports or deliverables; evaluation tools (instruments, measures, scales, protocols, etc); other existing repositories and databases relevant to STEM education evaluation; and, finally, existing communities, professional groups, or listservs for evaluators within STEM education fields.

We invite you to share resources that you have developed, resources that you have found useful in your practice, or any resource that you think would benefit evaluators in STEM education.

What do we mean by STEM education?

This repository is based on an inclusive, broad, and open definition of STEM education and of evaluation within that field. Any contribution is welcome that is related to any field of evaluating education in science, technology, engineering, and/or mathematics, defined as broadly as possible to encompass computer science, social sciences, health, applied mathematics and sciences, etc. We include educational contexts ranging from integrative STEM education through an interdisciplinary lens, to STEAM (STEM + arts), to efforts focused completely on a sub-field within STEM. We're open to STEM education initiatives in various settings, from medical education to STEM museum learning to computer science/coding activities for youth.

In short: if you work in any corner of this field, this collection is for you!

How can I help support and develop the repository? 

There are a range of ways that you can contribute to the STEM TIG Repository. We encourage you to begin by submitting resources to the repository and referring others to repository. We also welcome resource requests (through our questions and comments tool) and have opportunities for volunteers who would like to help us maintain the site and curate submissions. Please leave us a comment in the questions and comments box if you would like to volunteer to help manage the repository.  

Why should I contribute resources to the repository? 

We are crowdsourcing evaluation knowledge. As you and your peers contribute more resources, the repository will expand and cover more evaluation tools and guides. If you would like to contribute a resource that you developed, this can also be a good way to communicate your work to other evaluators. 

How do I know if my work and the resources that I know are within the scope of the STEM Evaluation Repository? 

We would like to collect a broad range of STEM evaluation related resources. This includes resources that are about STEM directly, as well as resources that are about education, basic evaluation, general evaluation resources, and any topic that could help someone evaluate STEM education. This means that a psychology instrument, a set of grant report writing guidelines, and biology education survey could all be within the scope of the repository. Please label your resource by selecting appropriate keywords so that other users can find what they need. 

Can I submit non-peer reviewed resources?

Yes! There has been significant interest for context specific measures that may not be peer reviewed. Please label whether your resource is peer reviewed when you add your resource to the repository. If you have a resource that you would like to share but cannot post publicly, you may enter your contact information and instructions for how others can contact you. 

How do I share full copies of resources through the repository?

You can share resources by either including a link to the resource (including a link to a publicly accessible Dropbox or Google Drive location) or by providing your contact information for people to request the resource. We are not able to upload documents to the repository directly. 

How can I add information to an existing resource in the repository?

Please re-submit the resource, with only the information that you would like to add. In the end comments section, note that this is an addition to an existing repository entry.