PROGRAM & PROJECT EVALUATION

Advancement through Healthy Empowerment, Networking, and Awareness (ATHENA), an NSF ADVANCE Adaptation project, adapts and implements proven interventions from other institutional ADVANCE programs to improve the professional standing and career opportunities for women STEM faculty . The project addresses systemic inequity issues, including aspects of climate and culture that impede advancement of women; low recruitment and retention of women and other underrepresented groups; period of time it takes women STEM faculty to achieve the rank of professor relative to male counterparts; professional isolation including limited involvement of women in research collaborations.

This formative and summative evaluation focuses on assessing the quality, effectiveness and impacts of the ATHENA interventions. The evaluation monitors progress toward goals aimed to improve the professional standing and career opportunities for women STEM faculty. These include reduced isolation, increased opportunities for collaboration in research, increased on-time promotions, increased recruitment and retention, support with career progress during major life events,  improved awareness of data-driven equity issues affecting women faculty across multiple identities, and reduced levels of discrimination and harassment.

The American Physical Society (APS) is a nonprofit membership organization that works to advance and disseminate physics knowledge through research journals, scientific meetings, education, outreach, advocacy, and international activities. The National Mentoring Community (NMC) is an effort by APS to increase the number of physics degrees earned by underrepresented minority students. The NMC facilitates and supports mentoring relationships between African American, Hispanic American, and Native American undergraduate physics students and local physics mentors. The APS NMC Conference is organized in partnership with National Society for Black Physicists and National Society for Hispanic Physicists. The National Mentoring Community Conference includes workshops focused on mentoring, inclusivity, graduate school, career preparation and school-work-life balance; plenary talks focused on physics research, mentoring and inclusivity; undergraduate research presentations; a networking fair; and various other networking opportunities, including a social event for students.

This mixed- methods evaluation focused on assessing attendee experiences at the conference, identifying conference components that worked well and areas for improvement, determining whether participants learned about/more about conference topics, and making recommendations to improve and optimize future conferences. 

Chasteen Educational Consulting conducted an evaluation of American Physical Society's Committee for Status of Women in Physics Site Visit process. The evaluation focused on informing the site visit redesign process, which aimed to address common challenges that arose with previous site visits.

This subcontracting project focused on providing equity and diversity expertise to the evaluation. This included reviewing site visit documents with an equity lens and providing feedback and recommendations to improve the site visit process.

The Louis Stokes STEM Pathways and Research Alliance: Pacific Northwest (PNW LSAMP) aims to broaden participation in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) by integrating academic and social supports to build community, engage underrepresented minority (URM) students in undergraduate research, and increase their entry into advanced STEM degree programs and professional careers.

This formative and summative evaluation focuses on monitoring annual student progress toward the STEM degree attainment goals; informing research conference and other program improvements; examining connections/relationships  between student program participation and outcomes; and tracking and monitoring research project dissemination.

Valuing the Social in Computer Science and Engineering (CSE), an NSF CAREER Grant, is an integrated research and education program investigating the relationship between cultural values , norms and practices that presume practitioners from dominant groups are more competent than practitioners from underrepresented groups; and privilege technical domains over social ones. The research goals are to use ethnography to compare subfields of CSE that have different levels of participation by women to ascertain if subfield cultures vary. The educational goals include developing learning modules and course curricula to educate students, faculty, and leaders in academia and industry about the benefits of diversity and transformations required to welcome and retain women, especially women of color, in CSE.

This formative and summative evaluation focuses on informing student and practitioner workshop improvements; understanding the impacts of workshop participation on CalPoly Civil Engineering students, faculty, and aspects of the department climate and culture; and assessing the accuracy and quality of  workshop learning modules and curricula.

The Lioness Tale Prison Project (LiT-uPP) brings transformational tools for spiritual freedom and emotional literacy to women serving long term to life prison sentences at the Central California Women’s Facility in Chowchilla.  Participants then facilitate the sharing of these resources throughout their prison community.

This evaluation focuses on  designing a plan with formative and summative components  to inform program improvements and assess and share program impacts  with funders and other stakeholders to sustain and scale the program.

NCWIT is a non-profit community that convenes, equips, and unites change leader organizations to increase the meaningful participation of all women — at the intersections of race, ethnicity, class, age, sexual orientation, and disability status — in the influential field of computing, particularly in terms of innovation and development.

This evaluation focused on assessing impacts and informing improvements of the Extension Services for Undergraduate Program, a customized consulting program that helps academic departments of computing develop high-impact strategies for recruiting and retaining more women students.

The UW College of Engineering is dedicated to cultivating a welcoming and inclusive college climate by maintaining college-wide and unit-specific cultures that embrace and celebrate diversity, equity and inclusion; and utilizing data-driven, peer-reviewed best practices when we develop and design new programs and evaluate current programs.

The Diversity Action Plans project was a collaborative, cross-departmental initiative to develop engineering department diversity profiles and a set of recommendations.  based on the analysis of undergraduate and graduate student demographic, survey, and focus group data.

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