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Demystifying Evaluation: Meet Your New Best Friend in Change-Making

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2019 CoNECD - The Collaborative Network for Engineering and Computing Diversity

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Crystal City, Virginia

Publication Date

April 14, 2019

Start Date

April 14, 2019

End Date

April 22, 2019

Conference Session

Track: Special Topic - Evaluation & Grant Writing Technical Session 13

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Diversity and Special Topic: Evaluation & Grant Writing

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6

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Elizabeth Litzler University of Washington

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Elizabeth Litzler, Ph.D., is the director of the University of Washington Center for Evaluation & Research for STEM Equity (UW CERSE) and an affiliate assistant professor of sociology. She has been at UW working on STEM Equity issues for more than 15 years. Dr. Litzler is a member of ASEE and a former board member of the Women in Engineering ProActive Network (WEPAN). Her research interests include the educational climate for students, faculty, and staff in science and engineering, assets based approaches to STEM equity, and gender and race stratification in education and the workforce.

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Cara Margherio University of Washington

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Cara Margherio is the Assistant Director of the UW Center for Evaluation & Research for STEM Equity (CERSE). Cara manages the evaluation of several NSF- and NIH-funded projects, primarily working with national professional development programs for early-career academics from groups underrepresented in STEM. Her research is grounded in critical race and feminist theories, and her research interests include community cultural wealth, counterspaces, intersectionality, and institutional change.

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Emily Alicia Affolter University of Washington

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Emily Alicia Affolter, Ph.D. is a Senior Research Scientist and Equity Consultant for the University of Washington's Center for Evaluation and Research for STEM Equity. She also works as Associate Faculty for Prescott College's Ph.D. program in Sustainability Education. Dr. Affolter's scholarship is rooted in culturally responsive and sustaining pedagogy.

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Emily Knaphus-Soran University of Washington

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Emily Knaphus-Soran is a Senior Research Scientist at the Center for Evaluation & Research for STEM Equity (CERSE) at the University of Washington. She works on the evaluation of several projects aimed at improving diversity, equity, and inclusion in STEM fields. She also conducts research on the social-psychological and institutional forces that contribute to the persistence of race and class inequalities in the United States. Emily earned a PhD and MA in Sociology from the University of Washington, and a BA in Sociology from Smith College.

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Abstract

Demystifying Evaluation: Meet Your New Best Friend in Change-Making

Keywords: Undergraduate; Faculty; Gender; Race/Ethnicity

Abstract This session will include hands-on learning from a practitioner perspective, meant to develop the capacity of CoNECD attendees to work with evaluators on their diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) focused projects. Many of the CoNECD attendees are working on grant-funded projects to improve DEI; this session will help them develop a language for program evaluation, provide some promising practices for working with an evaluator, and help them make sure that they have even more impact as a result of a successful evaluation relationship. The session will help guide attendees to make sure the evaluator’s lens is calibrated to the DEI project, and will ensure that evaluation recommendations are substantively based in DEI theory and practice.

We will discuss promising practices on setting expectations for evaluation, and for evaluation of DEI specifically. We will help attendees work through how to create a logic model. This exercise will share the language used in evaluation, which can help them to develop a broader vision for their DEI project. It also helps attendees to have a common language with evaluators, and work more efficiently. Finally, we will focus on how to interpret evaluation results, how to lean on the evaluator to improve understanding and action on the results, and what kinds of impact evaluation findings can have.

Specifically, the session will address the following questions: What evaluation expectations do you have and how can you come to a common understanding with your evaluator? What is a logic model, and how can it help ensure your project success? What should you do with your evaluation results? How can your evaluator help you with interpreting results and furthering your DEI project?

Litzler, E., & Margherio, C., & Affolter, E. A., & Knaphus-Soran, E. (2019, April), Demystifying Evaluation: Meet Your New Best Friend in Change-Making Paper presented at 2019 CoNECD - The Collaborative Network for Engineering and Computing Diversity , Crystal City, Virginia. https://peer.asee.org/31752

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