Advanced Technological Education (ATE) Principal Investigators Conference

Washington, DC
October 23-26, 2018

ATE Evaluation Fellowship

Thank you for those who applied for the fellowship program. Acceptance emails have been sent. We will provide an update on the selections closer to the meeting.

EvaluATE Preconference

Survey Fundamentals: Good Data Starts with Good Questions
Preconference Workshop 

Abstract: Surveys are a valuable source for project and evaluation data. However, obtaining quality data relies heavily on well-crafted survey items. In this hands-on workshop, participants will learn how to be strategic and purposeful in their survey creation, considering constructs measured, types of data desired, and analysis required. ATE principal investigators, project and center staff, and evaluators who attend this workshop will learn (1) essential strategies for crafting good survey questions, (2) how to consider data analysis in survey construction, and (3) how to align survey questions with the overall evaluation plan. Participants are encouraged to bring draft surveys from their own projects to review and discuss.

Getting Started for New Grantees
Preconference Workshop 

ATE Evaluation Networking Reception
Postconference Networking Opportunity

EvaluATE invites you to our first-ever ATE Evaluation Networking Reception. Connect with ATE evaluators and others committed to advancing evaluation within the ATE program. Discover ways to collaborate. Exchange ideas about how to promote rigorous evaluation and evaluative thinking in the program. Light refreshments will be served. If you are interested in attending, please email Lori at to receive an invitation. Registration is requested by October 17.

EvaluATE Main Sessions

New Resources from EvaluATE: An Input Session 
Breakfast Roundtable

Abstract: EvaluATE’s resource library will be expanding to include additional checklists, templates, videos, and quick-guides. Tell EvaluATE what resources you want to see or what common challenges new resources could help address. Connect with others working on ATE evaluation. Walk away with EvaluATE’s new ATE Evaluation Task Framework and learn how you can help shape evaluation in the ATE program.

ATE Evaluation Network Launch
Synergy Meeting

Abstract: EvaluATE is expanding to include an ATE Evaluation Network to increase professional exchange and strengthen connections among ATE evaluation stakeholders. To help shape this effort, we want input from ATE evaluators, principal investigators, project staff, grant specialists, and others involved in conducting or using evaluation. We will discuss the initial plans, what group members need, potential benefits, and what the community is willing to commit to create and sustain an engaged evaluation community. Join us for a lively discussion to help form the ATE evaluation network.

Basic Principles of Survey Question Development: A Crash Course
Demonstration Session

Abstract: Surveys are a valuable source for evaluation data. Obtaining quality data relies heavily on well-crafted survey items that align with the purpose of the evaluation. Through a hands-on activity and demonstration, participants will learn fundamental principles of survey question construction and how to identify and correct common flaws in survey questions. A handout of survey do’s and don’ts will help attendees apply fundamental principles of survey question development in their own work.


Past Principal Investigators Conference Resources

2017 ATE Principal Investigators Conference

2016 ATE Principal Investigators Conference

2015 ATE Principal Investigators Conference