2016 Advanced Technological Education (ATE) Principal Investigators Conference

Washington, DC
October 26-28, 2016


A Practical Approach to Outcome Evaluation: Step-by-Step

Lori A. Wingate and Miranda Lee, EvaluATE
Preconference Workshop
Wednesday | 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Outcome evaluation is about identifying and measuring the changes that occur as a result of project implementation. These changes may occur at the individual, organizational, or community levels and include changes in knowledge, skills, attitudes, behavior, practices, policies, and community/societal conditions. Outcome evaluation is challenging and requires preparatory steps early in a project—well ahead of when outcomes may occur. In this workshop, participants will enhance their skills at using logic models to identify intended project outcomes and developing plans for data collection, analysis, and interpretation for a meaningful outcome evaluation.

Resources:
Workshop Slides


Getting Started

Emma Perk and Cheryl Endres, EvaluATE
Preconference Workshop
Wednesday | 1:00 – 5:00 p.m.

This workshop is recommended for all principal investigators, co-principal investigators, and other team members involved in newly awarded projects and centers in FY15. Others who may find the workshop useful include new awardees in FY14 and other project personnel from prior years who have recently become involved in ATE projects and centers. The workshop will be divided into three parts: (1) ATE Program Issues. Topics to be covered include reporting requirements such as annual and final reports, working with NSF program officers, changes in project personnel or scope, data collection, FastLane and other reporting systems, use of Advisory Boards and National Visiting Committees, preparing project highlights for NSF and others, Institutional Review Boards (IRBs), and many other relevant topics. (2) Financial Management and Grant Management Issues. This section will focus on financial accounting issues and discuss in detail problems often seen in monitoring visits such as participant support, time and effort accounting, subawardees, record keeping, changes in scope, overload, and use of consultants. (3) Evaluation. This segment will address building in evaluation from the start of your project or center. The ATE program has an annual survey of all projects and centers that have been active for more than one year. Additional evaluation topics to be addressed include, but are not limited to, evaluation design, methods and instrumentation, resources for learning about productive evaluation, the roles of internal and external evaluators, and evaluation challenges.

Resources:
Getting Started 2016 Handout
Getting Started 2016 Slides
EvaluATE One-Pager
Data Collection Planning Matrix
Expectations to Change (E2C)
Principal Investigator “To Do” Checklist: Before Launching Your Project Evaluation
Identifying Stakeholders and Their Roles in an Evaluation Worksheet


A Practical Approach to Outcome Evaluation – Step-by-Step

Lori Wingate, EvaluATE
Demonstration Session
Thursday |  4:45 – 5:15 p.m.

Outcome evaluation is about identifying and measuring important changes that occur as a result of project implementation. All too often, project evaluations focus on activities, rather than meaningful outcomes. In this session, a practical, step-by-step approach to genuine outcome evaluation will be demonstrated and participants will learn how to apply the approach to their own projects.

Resources:
Demonstration Slides


Showcase Sessions

Booth 3
Wednesday| Showcase 1- 7:30 – 9:45 p.m.
Thursday | Showcase 2- 12:00 – 2:15 p.m.
Friday | Showcase 3- 10:15 am – 12:30 pm


Past Principal Investigators Conference Resources

2016 ATE Principal Investigators Conference

2015 ATE Principal Investigators Conference


ATE Principal Investigators Conference Page