TIG Mission and Values

Purpose and Values

We represent professional program evaluators who work within the fields of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) to improve the design, implementation, impact, and use of evaluation and research on STEM training, education and workforce development programs, policies, and partnerships.

Our Purpose:
  To create a community of practice among STEM education and training evaluators that is forward-thinking in its approaches to evaluation and inclusive in its responses to the experiences of STEM evaluators.

Our Values:
  We believe that the professional practice of evaluation within STEM should reflect the standards of excellence and guiding principles of the American Evaluation Association, including high quality, efficient, ethically defensible, and culturally responsive evaluation that leads to program improvement and organizational effectiveness for the public good.

We believe that there is much to gain through a vital, self-reflective community of practice within STEM evaluation. Benefits include increased formal and informal communication, network building, collaboration among STEM evaluators, and the expansion of the STEM evaluation evidence base.  Our activities will support the development of a STEM evaluation community that is inclusive, diverse, and international.  

We value rigorous, responsive, and transparent evaluation practice. This TIG will focus on application of evaluation to STEM programming as well the exploration of the art and science of evaluation within the context of STEM. Through our efforts we hope to both improve the practice and status of STEM evaluation, and enhance our clients’ use of evaluation approaches and findings.