Advanced Technological Education (ATE) Principal Investigators Conference

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EvaluATE Preconference Workshops

Use it or Lose it: How to Get the Most out of your Project Evaluation

Monday | 1-3:00 p.m. | Virtual

Join this workshop to learn how evaluation can be put to use for the benefit of ATE projects. We will address how evaluations can help projects adjust in uncertain times, how to integrate evaluation findings into your annual report to NSF, and how evaluation can help you think more intentionally about your long-term goals. Additionally, we will share real-world examples of the use and utility of evaluation. This interactive, virtual workshop will include group discussions, question and answer sessions, as well as small group activities. Whether you’re an evaluator, PI, project staff, or grants professional, you’ll leave this workshop with new ideas for how to translate evaluation results into tangible benefits for ATE projects.

Getting Started for New Grantees
Monday | 1-3:00 p.m. | Virtual

This workshop is recommended for all principal investigators, co-principal investigators, and other team members involved in newly awarded projects and centers in FY20. Others who may find the workshop useful include new awardees in FY19 and other project personnel from prior years who have recently become involved in ATE projects and centers. The goal of this workshop is to make new grantees aware of the reporting and financial requirements of their ATE grant and to connect them with other ATE projects and centers that can help them successfully manage, evaluate, and report on their projects. Participants will have the opportunity to hear from individuals representing Mentor-Connect, ATE Central, EvaluATE, and the National Science Foundation and to learn about the various resources they provide through this workshop, and through two subsequent follow-up interactive Zoom calls to be hosted for new grantees in November and December (dates TBA). Participants will be provided access to a resource packet and are encouraged to bring questions about the management of their projects for discussion.

EvaluATE Main Sessions

Evaluation in the Era of COVID-19 (spotlight session)
Thursday 2:00 – 2:50 p.m. ET | Virtual

Evaluations have been impacted by COVID-19 and the resulting changes to project activities, timelines, and plans for data collection. Evaluators have also stepped up to provide real-time data about the quickly changing situation. In this spotlight session, three ATE evaluators will reflect on their experience during a time of disruption and change. They will share how they responded to challenges posed by COVID, social distancing, and a move to virtual work. Participants will learn from peers about how evaluation can continue to play an important role especially during times of instability.

Visioning the Future of Evaluation in the ATE Program (synergy session)
Friday 1:10 – 2:00 p.m. ET | Virtual

If NSF didn’t require it, how many ATE projects would evaluate their work? We asked 83 evaluators this question to gain insights about the status of ATE evaluation. Attend this session to find out what they said. We’ll use findings from recent EvaluATE surveys to spark dialogue and out-of-the-box thinking about a new frontier of evaluation. Session participants will (1) exchange ideas with other ATE community members about how to maximize the value of the evaluations within ATE projects and program-wide and (2) contribute to agenda-setting to advance evaluation in the program.


Past Principal Investigators Conference Resources

2019 ATE Principal Investigators Conference

2018 ATE Principal Investigators Conference

2017 ATE Principal Investigators Conference

2016 ATE Principal Investigators Conference

2015 ATE Principal Investigators Conference