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Evaluating broadening participation

For evaluating the effectiveness of diversity initiatives associated with your program, consider reviewing the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) publication, Measuring Diversity: An evaluation guide for STEM graduate program leaders.

Additionally, refer to the NSF Framework for Evaluating Impacts of Broadening Participation Projects: for information on metrics and indicators you may use for your program.

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Using evaluation to revise program design and elements

During the program design process is it helpful to establish clear evaluation goals so that program elements can be developed to support or accommodate them. These goals can and should be reviewed each year as they are used to guide annual reviews of your program. Take the opportunity to use the results of ongoing evaluation to improve program deisign and practices, as well as adjust expectations.

NSF's User-Friendly Handbook for Project Evaluation is good place to start if you are just beginning to think about evaluation for your program (start with chapter 9 written specifically for NSF funded programs), but also provides detailed yet easy-to-read information on theory and approaches that can be useful to well-developed programs.

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