Evaluation

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Evaluation is a means of collecting and providing data-driven feedback on projects to better understand what works, how to improve, and new avenues for projects. Succinctly, is the project or program doing what was envisioned? 

I often work as external evaluator, meaning I am not a principal investigator (PI) and am considered "outside" of the project or program. That said, I do tend to work collaboratively with the PIs or other project/program leadership to ensure the external evaluation is useful.

Some information to get sense of what I've worked on for external evaluation:​

  • Areas: undergraduate student experiences, faculty development, course transformation. Equity and inclusion, as well as sustainability (i.e., whether a project can continue after the grant ends), are very much part of these areas.
     

  • Settings: classrooms, departments, workshops, conferences, and online. Anywhere I'm needed!
     

  • Methods: Surveys, interviews, focus groups, observations. The evaluation questions largely determine which method(s) I use.

I do both summative (i.e., examining the project at its end) and formative (i.e., periodic feedback throughout the project's timespan) evaluation. Oftentimes, my work looks beyond whether a project or program is doing what it intends to do and consider the sustainability of the project. Sustainability considers many facets of the likelihood a project or program will continue indefinitely.

​Some projects (past and present) I've worked on as an external evaluator

  • The Partnership for the Integration of Computation in Undergraduate Physics (PICUP)
     

  • Iowa State University Engaged to Excel HHMI project
     

  • Boston University's VIPER project that entailed the creation of HTML5 simulations for physics classes
     

  • Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI)'s Normalizing Computation in Undergraduate Physics project
     

  • Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) Fellows program for physicists to work on designing and facilitating a workshop on critical conversations regarding EDI.

If you are interested in hiring me to serve as an evaluator, feel free to reach out.