2018 ATE Principal Investigators Conference

EvaluATE Preconference

Survey Fundamentals: Good Data Starts with Good Questions
Preconference Workshop 
Wednesday | 1-4:00 p.m. | Empire Room

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.

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Preconference Workshop 
Wednesday | 1-5:00 p.m. | Palladin Room

ATE Evaluation Networking Reception
Postconference Networking Opportunity
Wednesday | 4:15-5:45 p.m. | Empire Room

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.

EvaluATE Main Sessions

New Resources from EvaluATE: An Input Session 
Breakfast Roundtable
Thursday | 7:45-8:45 a.m. | Table 11

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.


Basic Principles of Survey Question Development: A Crash Course
Demonstration Session
Thursday | 2:15-2:45 p.m. | Capitol Room

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.

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ATE Evaluation Network Launch
Synergy Meeting
Friday | 10:15-11:15 a.m. | Capitol Room

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.

Showcase Sessions
Wednesday and Thursday
Booth #4