Updated March 31, 2020

Getting started with your ATE evaluation, a checklist on the basics of starting your evaluation.


Evaluation Basics

    • Ask important questions about the project’s processes and outcomes
    • Gather evidence that will help answer those questions
    • Interpret findings and answer the evaluation questions
    • Use the information for accountability, improvement, and planning
    • Continue this process throughout the life of your project

Evaluation Primer
Evaluation Basics Video Series
Evaluation: The Secret Sauce To Your ATE Proposal (Video 1- Why Evaluation?Video 3- Evaluation Questions, Video 4- Data)
Data Collection Planning Matrix
Evaluation Process


Using Evaluation

    • Improve your project
    • Inform stakeholders
    • Fulfill grant requirements (annual report)

Evaluation: The Secret Sauce To Your ATE Proposal (Video 5- Communication, Use, and Timeline)
Expectations to Change (E2C)
Stakeholder Engagement
Overcoming Writer’s Block- Strategies for Writing Your NSF Annual Report


Working with Your Evaluator

    • Make sure your evaluator’s contract is in place
    • Assign a point-person on your project team for evaluation matters
    • Schedule a recurring meeting with your evaluator
    • Make an appointment with your college’s data person
    • Set up a timeline for your evaluation
    • Commit to using your evaluation results

Principal Investigator “To Do” Checklist: Before Launching Your Project Evaluation
Communication Plan Checklist for ATE Principal Investigators and Evaluators
Evaluation: The Secret Sauce To Your ATE Proposal (Video 5- Communication, Use, and Timeline)

About the Authors

Emma Binder

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Marketing and Communication Specialist Senior, The Evaluation Center, Western Michigan University

Emma Binder is a Marketing and Communication Specialist Senior at The Evaluation Center at Western Michigan University and is the co-principal investigator for EvaluATE, the evaluation hub for the National Science Foundation’s Advanced Technological Education (ATE) program. She is the co-creator of creating one-page reports and specializes in data communication and visualization. She has over nine years of evaluation experience, presenting in webinars and workshops for national and international audiences, developing resources, newsletters, and reports.

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