This report summarizes data gathered in the 2017 survey of ATE program grantees. Conducted by EvaluATE—the evaluation support center for the ATE program, located at The Evaluation Center at Western Michigan University—this was the 18th annual ATE survey. Included here are findings about funded projects and their activities, accomplishments, and impacts during the 2016 calendar year (2016 fiscal year for budget-related questions).
According to the results of the 2015 survey of ATE grantees, 74 percent of ATE grantees collaborated with business and industry in 2014. These 171 respondents were asked a series of questions about how they involve their industry partners in various aspects of their ATE project and center evaluations. Their responses are described below.
This report is the culmination of a three-year National Science Foundation project. The Goodman Research Group was asked by their client to create a public-facing report, in contrast to a report for more internal use.
The authors shared this document with EvaluATE as an example of a user-friendly evaluation report. They made a concerted effort to remove charts and graphics from the report while also effectively summarizing a large mass of qualitative interview data in the form of a visual narrative. The information is organized into three sections according to the evaluation goals/questions to help frame the report for the reader. The report uses the client’s colors so it could be easily incorporated and viewed on their website, sciencefestivals.org.