EvaluATE is the evaluation resource center for the National Science Foundation’s Advanced Technological Education program. We provide webinars, resource materials, workshops, and opportunities for ATE community members to engage around issues related to evaluation. We are located within The Evaluation Center at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Michigan.
Founded in 1965 by Daniel Stufflebeam, The Evaluation Center’s mission is to advance the theory, practice, and utilization of evaluation through research, service, education, and leadership.
EvaluATE promotes the goals of the Advanced Technological Education program by partnering with ATE projects and centers to strengthen the program’s evaluation knowledge base, expand the use of exemplary evaluation practices, and support the continuous improvement of technician education throughout the nation.
We envision an ATE community in which project and center personnel regularly use accurate and timely evaluation information to improve projects while underway; there is high degree of consistency and rigor in evaluation practices, enabling the identification of effective approaches for improving technician education; and anyone with a question about the conduct or use of grant-level evaluation is no more than one person or one click away from a practical and relevant answer.
Overview of Services
Our webinars showcase practical examples and demonstrations that demystify the evaluation process. These live, interactive learning events feature the expertise of experienced evaluators and successful project leaders. Information-rich handouts summarize key points and include links to learn more.
The annual survey of ATE grantees has generated almost 20 years’ worth of data about ATE project and center activities and achievements and the students and faculty served through ATE programming. You can use the results to learn about the program and for your own research, proposal development, and evaluation purposes.
Our resource library houses an array of checklists, templates, guides, and other resources to help you improve your evaluation work immediately. Tools such as the ATE evaluation planning checklist, logic model template, and data collection planning worksheet help shorten the evaluation learning curve.
The EvaluATE-curated blog features the wisdom, experiences, and perspectives of a wide range of ATE community members, including project leaders, evaluators, researchers, and grants specialists. Blog authors share their real-world examples and lessons learned so that you can benefit from their evaluation experience and get ideas for your own practice.