Michael Lesiecki

Luka Partners LLC

Dr. Michael Lesiecki has over 20 years of experience championing collaborative-driven development, educational program growth, assessment, and advocacy. His federal grants development, management, and evaluation experience includes proposals and projects up to $20M. With a Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry and collaborative industry experience, Dr. Lesiecki is uniquely knowledgeable about STEM education and high tech domains. Over the past two decades he has been deeply involved with the National Science Foundation’s Advanced Technological Education program acting as Principal Investigator, External Evaluator and Peer Reviewer. He now serves as the Principal of Luka Consulting LLC, a firm focused on evaluation services.

Webinar: The Nuts and Bolts of ATE Evaluation Reporting

Posted on May 15, 2013 by , , , in Webinars ()

Presenter(s): Jason Burkhardt, Krystin Martens, Lori Wingate, MATE – Marine Advanced Technology Education Center, Michael Lesiecki
Date(s): May 15, 2013
Time: 1:00 p.m. EDT
Recording: https://vimeo.com/66343717

In this webinar, we will give practical advice about evaluation reporting in the ATE context, including report content and structure, integrating evaluation report content into annual reports to NSF, and using results. We will provide step-by-step guidance for developing an ATE evaluation report that balances the competing demands that reports be both comprehensive and concise. We’ll discuss the how-where-and-what of including evaluation results in NSF annual reports and project outcome reports. Finally we’ll address how to use evaluation results to inform project-level improvements and build the case for further funding. Participants will leave the webinar with a clear strategy for creating effective ATE evaluation reports that meet NSF accountability requirements and support project-level improvement. *This webinar was in inspired, in part, by the work of Jane Davidson, author of Evaluation Methodology Basics: The Nuts and Bolts of Sound Evaluation (Sage, 2005).

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Example highlights report : MATE Program Highlights

Webinar: Build a Better ATE Proposal with Evaluation and Logic Models

Posted on August 15, 2012 by , , , in Webinars ()

Presenter(s): Connie Della-Piana, Jason Burkhardt, Michael Lesiecki, Penny Billman
Date(s): August 15, 2012
Recording: https://vimeo.com/47686001

A grant proposal that includes a strong evaluation plan linked to a sound project logic model will be reviewed more favorably than one that does not. Will it make or break your chances for funding? No, but attending to evaluation matters as you develop your proposal, especially in terms of how you will assess your project’s intellectual merit and broader impacts, is likely to strengthen your overall proposal and give you a competitive edge. Considering your proposal through an evaluative lens as you are crafting it can help you avoid common proposal pitfalls, such as writing goals that are either too lofty or too simplistic or failing to demonstrate a logical relationship between your activities and your intended outcomes. In this webinar, we’ll share two tools specifically developed for ATE proposers: a checklist for developing evaluation plans for ATE proposals and a template for creating simple, yet powerful project logic models. There will be ample time with our expert panel, which includes an ATE evaluator, PI, and program officer.

By the end of the webinar, participants will
1. Understand how to prepare an ATE proposal that meets NSF’s requirements for evaluation
2. Know how to establish a working relationship with an external evaluator and what to expect from him or her (both before and after award)
3. Be able to create a logic model to convey your proposed project’s activities and intended outcomes
4. Understand the role of evaluation in ATE projects and how to align an evaluation plan with project goals

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Evaluation Planning Checklist for ATE Proposals

Webinar: Strong Evaluation Plans = Stronger Proposals

Posted on July 20, 2011 by , , , , in Webinars ()

Presenter(s): Elizabeth Teles, Lori Wingate, Michael Lesiecki, Norena Badway, Stephanie Evergreen
Date(s): July 20, 2011
Recording: https://vimeo.com/26728898

It’s that time of year again, when we are just a couple of short months away from the due date for the next round of ATE proposals. Join us as we review the elements of an ATE proposal’s evaluation component and how to use it to strengthen your submission. We’ll discuss how to tie evaluation tasks to the grant’s goals and objectives and how to be sure the evaluation is responsive to NSF’s expectations for ATE projects and centers. Wondering how to incorporate evaluation into your budget? Need advice on how you can convey that you’ll use evaluation for project improvement? This webinar will help you integrate evaluation into your project work and clearly discuss the project-evaluation relationship in your proposal.

In this webinar, Liz Teles (of Teles Consulting and former co-lead for NSF’s ATE program) will share some helpful hints and fatal flaws related to evaluation plans in ATE proposals. Check out the one-page and expanded versions of her 10 Helpful Hints and 10 Fatal Flaws

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10 Helpful Hints and 10 Fatal Flaws: Writing Better Evaluation Sections in Your Proposals (long)
10 Helpful Hints and 10 Fatal Flaws: Writing Better Evaluation Sections in Your Proposals (short)