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A study of the sustainability of the Advanced Technological Education (ATE) indicated that the projects and centers were sustaining many of the activities that were started under NSF support. An important, but rarely used, method to enhance the validity of research findings is a procedure called replication. This is a process of repeating a research study with a different group of subjects using the same or similar methods. If the findings are replicated, we can be more confident that they represent true relationships.
In this study, seven items were selected that were on the original sustainability survey and administered one year later to a different set of ATE projects and centers. The results were similar thereby providing validity evidence for the original findings. The replication process is described and the results of the analysis are presented in the report.
This checklist is intended to be of assistance to prospective ATE principal investigators in developing evaluation plans for proposals to the National Science Foundation’s Advanced Technological Education (ATE) program. It is organized around the components of an NSF proposal (see the NSF Grant Proposal Guide) with an emphasis on the evaluation aspects. This document is not intended to serve as a comprehensive checklist for preparing an ATE proposal, but to provide guidelines for those elements that involve evaluation. All proposers should carefully read the ATE Program Solicitation. For additional guidance related to developing ATE proposal evaluation plans, see 10 Helpful Hints and 10 Fatal Flaws: Writing Better Evaluation Sections in Your Proposals. Users may also find it helpful to view EvaluATE’s past webinars on integrating evaluation into ATE proposals, available from evalu-ate.org/featured_resources under “Proposal Writing.”