File Type - Report

Report: ATE Indicators of Productivity: Six-Year Trends 2000-2005

Posted on May 14, 2019 by , , in Report Archive ()

This report presents findings across six annual surveys of Advanced Technological Education (ATE) grantees conducted by The Evaluation Center at Western Michigan University from 2000 to 2005. To create this report, we selected variables for which we had data across this span of years and ones that we believe serve as best descriptors of this program. Our purpose was solely to summarize information provided by ATE grantees about their activity and productivity.

In sum, the aggregate information describes important attributes of the ATE program’s size, activities, direction, and productivity. Because our purpose was to provide feedback rather than evaluative judgments or guidance, we refrained from making inferences as to what the findings mean or what actions should be taken based on the findings. This report is intended for use by the National Science Foundation (NSF) in planning program activities, assessing program progress, and preparing annual testimony and reports. ATE grantees may use these findings to assess their own status and learn about the performance of other grantees, which may serve their own improvement needs.

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Type: Report
Category: ATE Research & Evaluation
Author(s): Arlen Gullickson, Carl Hanssen, Chris Coryn

Report: Final ATE Evaluation Report (2006)

Posted on May 14, 2019 by , , , in Report Archive ()

This report describes the basis from which the ATE program was created and conducted and the evaluation work that has shadowed this program for the past seven years. It traces the program’s work and reach to community colleges and others since the beginning of the ATE program. It analyzes ATE solicitations to show linkages between the program guidelines and program productivity and then describes this evaluation’s design and data collection methods to show why and how evaluative data were collected. The following evaluation findings both describe and judge the program in various respects.

Findings from the evaluation show that the program is healthy and well run. Nearly a fifth of the nation’s two-year colleges have been funded at least once by this program, and those funds have resulted in substantial productivity in funded and collaborating institutions and organizations. Major strengths of this program are evident in its materials development, professional development, and program improvement products. Large numbers of students and teachers have participated in this program—taking courses and graduating or otherwise being certified. Business and industry have collaborated with colleges in developing and conducting these programs with perceived substantial benefits from that involvement.

Multiple strands of evaluative information describe and confirm that the program produces important outcomes of good quality. Though consistently positive, these findings are highly dependent on testimony/feedback as a primary quality assurance mechanism. We believe additional project/center-based direct evidence of program effectiveness and quality would strengthen claims of quality and provide important information for program improvement. Suggestions are made that we believe will improve the ATE program; these suggestions are viewed as small changes designed for incremental improvement.

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Type: Report
Category: ATE Research & Evaluation
Author(s): Arlen Gullickson, Chris Coryn, Frances Lawrenz, Lori Wingate

Report: 2018 ATE Annual Survey

Posted on February 1, 2019 by , in Annual Survey ()

This report summarizes data gathered in the 2018 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 19th annual ATE survey. Included here are findings about ATE projects and the activities, accomplishments, and impacts of the projects during the 2017 calendar year (2017 fiscal year for budget-related questions).

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Type: Report
Category: ATE Annual Survey
Author(s): Lori Wingate, Lyssa Becho

Report: 2017 ATE Annual Survey

Posted on December 6, 2017 by , , , in Annual Survey ()

Report: Advanced Technological Education 2017 Annual Survey

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).

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Type: Report
Category: ATE Annual Survey
Author(s): Arlen Gullickson, Emma Perk, Lori Wingate, Lyssa Becho

Engagement of Business and Industry in Program Evaluation: 2014

Posted on July 3, 2017 by , in Annual Survey ()

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.

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Type: Report
Category: ATE Annual Survey
Author(s): Corey Smith, Lyssa Wilson

Report: Science Festival Alliance Infographic

Posted on December 16, 2016 by , in Resources ()

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.

 

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Type: Report
Category: Reporting & Use
Author(s): Elizabeth Bachrach, Grace Bachman