A Program Director's Guide to Evaluating STEM Education Programs: Lessons Learned from Local, State, and National Initiatives
In today's world of high accountability, strong evidence on intended outcomes is key to building credibility and replicability of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) programs. This primer, for program directors/managers, educators and others responsible for developing and implementing STEM programs:
- Provides evaluation guidelines and resources for program leaders who are implementing STEM programs in schools and community-based organizations.
- Reduces "evaluation anxiety" for individuals who are not professional evaluators by providing guidelines for good evaluation protocols.
- Offers suggestions on how to develop a comfortable and productive program-evaluation team relationship.
- Emphasizes the role of program evaluation in helping inform STEM education practice and policy.