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Conference: Advanced Technological Education (ATE) Principal Investigators Conference 2015

Posted on June 7, 2016 by  in Conferences

Washington, DC
October 21-23, 2015

Mid-Life Project Evaluation: Setting the Stage for Continued Funding

Wednesday, October 21, 2015 | 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.

If you intend to seek funding to continue your ATE project or center in the next one to two years, this session is for you. Anyone with prior NSF funding seeking a subsequent grant needs to be able to demonstrate their results with regard to both intellectual merit and broader impact. This means going beyond describing what a project did, to what difference it made. Participants will learn how to (1) Identify gaps in evaluation data that need to be addressed in order to make a strong case for continued support; (2) Fill those gaps with low-cost, high-impact evidence; and (3) Craft a persuasive Results of Prior NSF Support section for renewal proposals. This session is designed for both ATE PIs and evaluators.

Checklist: Results of Prior Support

Getting Started
Wednesday, October 21, 2015 | 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.

Checklist: Getting Started
Checklist: Mentor Connect Evaluation 101

Mid-Life Project Evaluation: Setting the Stage for Continued Funding
Thursday, October 22, 2015 | 4:00 – 5:15 p.m.

A panel session should involve two, but no more than three presenters and a facilitator. (Though we are allowing four presenters for this session). Preference will be given to sessions that involve presenters that represent different projects and centers. Session proposals that focus solely on a general report out of a project’s or center’s activities will not be accepted. Panels should include an experienced facilitator who will post 2-3 thought-provoking questions to the panelists. The session proposal should address how the panelists will coordinate their presentations and the general topic of the panel. The submitter is responsible for coordinating the presentations in advance. The session must allow for audience participation and interaction through questions and discussion, and share promising strategies and lessons learned in accordance with the session criteria.

Advanced Evaluation Professional Development | Table 11
Thursday, October 22, 2015 | 7:45 – 8:45 a.m.

Breakfast roundtables provide a forum for informal discussion of a topic among a small group. Attendance is first-come, first-served and limited to a maximum of 10 people including the moderator seated around one round table.

Booth 3

Wednesday, October 21, 2015 | 7:30 – 9:45 p.m.
Thursday, October 22, 2015 | 12:00 – 2:15 p.m.
Friday, October 23, 2015 | 10:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

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Blog: Reflections on the 2014 ATE PI Conference

Posted on November 6, 2014 by , , in Blog
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Well, the 2014 ATE PI conference has come and gone. First, let us say thank you to AACC for again hosting a wonderful conference. It was great to meet and share ideas with such an amazing group of professionals. We truly look forward to this conference every year. This blog entry contains the EvaluATE team’s reflections on our personal highlights from this year’s conference and hopes for next year.


Robots! Guitars! Technology in action! My biggest highlight was getting to see the variety of work that is being done within the ATE program. It can be easy in our day-to-day work to forget how important the work of the ATE program is, but we are truly at the forefront of technological education in the United States. I also enjoy getting to see people that I know from within the program. I hope that next year continues to see even more new amazing tech bits!


For me, the highlight of the conference was when ATE Program Co-Lead David Campbell quoted EvaluATE’s Emma Perk to a room of 100+ people: “The most important purpose of evaluation is not to prove, but to improve.” She shared this quotation from Daniel Stufflebeam in her portion of the Getting Started workshop the day before. (View Emma and Jason’s Getting Started slides). At next year’s conference, I hope there will be more presentations in the research and evaluation conference track. Participants in the preconference workshop on evaluation appreciated hearing about real-world evaluations and practical tips from seasoned ATE evaluators.  We need more of this at every ATE PI conference! (Check out the workshop slides by Candiya Mann, Amy Nisselle, and Bruce Nash).


This year was my first time attending the ATE PI conference. The showcase sessions were the highlight of the conference for me. I really enjoyed interacting with the different PIs and staff from all the projects and centers. It was great to learn more about the ATE community and how we can expand on what we offer to them as a resource center. EvaluATE’s showcase booth was situated between ATE Central and Mentor-Connect, so we were able to reinforce our great relationship with them and refer people to their useful resources. My hope for next year is to do an evaluation session or roundtable, focusing on identifying the needs of the ATE community.


Unfortunately I was unable to be at the ATE conference this year. I missed the opportunity to put faces to names. As the annual survey coordinator, I communicate with many of you over the course of the year, so it’s nice to meet some of you face-to-face at the conference. I enjoy being able to talk in person with individuals about the ATE annual survey, to hear concerns, listen to suggestions, and talk data. If you didn’t see the latest reports based on the 2014 survey—like our data snapshots on the representation of women and underrepresented minorities in ATE—check them out here:


We look forward to seeing you all at the conference next year! For more highlights from this year’s conference, including pictures please visit our