Advanced Technological Education (ATE) Principal Investigators Conference

Washington, DC
October 23-25, 2017

ATE Evaluation Fellowship

EvaluATE will award ATE Evaluation Fellowships to four ATE evaluators to enable them to attend the 2017 ATE Principal Investigators Conference, including the preconference workshop, “Strategies for Effective Evaluation Reporting.” More information about the workshop is available below. Information about the ATE PI conference can be found at

To learn more and apply for the ATE Evaluation Fellowship, please complete this application form by September 1, 2017. Selections for the fellowship will be announced on September 8, 2017.

EvaluATE Preconference Workshops

Strategies for Effective Evaluation Reporting
Preconference Workshop
Monday | 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.

All ATE projects and centers must be evaluated and the results of these evaluations must be reported to NSF and other key stakeholders. ATE principal investigators, project and center staff, and evaluators who attend this workshop will learn (1) what information should be included in evaluation reports (and what to leave out!), (2) simple strategies to enhance the utility and impact of reports through visual design, and (3) how to turn reporting requirements into opportunities to enhance dissemination and demonstrate intellectual merit. Participants will receive practical tools they can use in their projects to maximize the impact of their evaluations and evaluation reports.

Getting Started Workshop
Preconference Workshop
Monday | 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.

Additional conference sessions coming soon.

Past Conference Resources

2016 ATE Principal Investigators Conference

2015 ATE Principal Investigators Conference