Program evaluation and assessment

The Center for Science Teaching and Learning offers program evaluation and assessment for teacher preparation, teacher professional development and higher education STEM programs. 

Program evaluations conducted by the CSTL involve a broad range of both quantitative and qualitative methods of social research to better understand how STEM educational programs are working, what program activities are going well, what should to be improved, and the overall merit of the STEM program.

We use a variety of evaluation approaches in our work, depending on the stakeholder interest, the program requirements and/or what makes sense for the specific context. The CSTL strongly supports theory-based evaluation approaches and can help programs with elucidating logic models and program theory.

We offer program evaluation and assessment for pre-K-12 and higher education science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) programs, including:

  • proposal development
  • data analysis and reporting
  • planning to achieve program goals
  • identifying areas for improvement
  • focus group facilitation

We conduct

  • Needs assessment
    What are the specific educational or support needs in a population or a group of people?
  • Assessment
    What do students know, understand, and do with their knowledge as a result of their educational experiences?
  • Formative (process evaluation)
    How is the program operating? Is the program being implemented as planned?
  • Summative evaluation
    Did the program meet goals and objectives? Did it make a difference?
  • Education research
    In-depth inquiry into “education and learning processes and the human attributes, interactions, organizations, and institutions that shape educational outcomes” (AERA).

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