Broader Impacts

BI Evaluation Programs

Research Institute for Studies in Education (RISE)

RISE has a long standing history of conducting comprehensive, integrated, research and evaluation studies to enhance K-20 education nationally and globally. As a unit of the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at Iowa State University, RISE is unique in promoting the fusion of evaluation, research, and policy to schools, colleges, public and private agencies, testing organizations, private foundations, state education agencies, and industry. In operation since 1974, RISE personnel have conducted studies supported by numerous grants and contracts. In the process, RISE has trained many graduate students who have moved onto university faculty and research-related positions across the globe.
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Evaluation Workshop Resources

In the fall of 2012, SP@ISU hosted a day-long Broader Impacts Evaluation Workshop to provide opportunities for faculty, postdoctoral scholars, graduate students, and staff to learn more about broader impacts evaluation and resources on campus. The event consisted of a morning session, “Effective Broader Impacts Evaluation Practices for Grants,” and two concurrent afternoon sessions, “Assessing Undergraduate Research Experiences” and “Assessing K-12 Outreach Programs.”  For presentations, video and information on each session please follow the links below.
Effective Broader Impacts Evaluation Practices for Grants: click here for video​
Assessing Undergraduate Research Experiences: click here for video
Assessing K-12 Outreach Programs: click here for video

NSF’s 2010 User-Friendly Handbook for Project Evaluation

This Handbook was developed to provide project directors and principal investigators working with the National Science Foundation (NSF) with a basic guide for evaluating NSF’s educational projects. It is aimed at people who need to learn more about both the value of evaluation and how to design and carry out an evaluation, rather than those who already have a solid base of experience in the field. It builds on firmly established principles, blending technical knowledge and common sense to meet the special needs of NSF and its stakeholders.

The Handbook discusses quantitative and qualitative evaluation methods, suggesting ways in which they can be used as complements in an evaluation strategy. As a result of reading this Handbook, it is expected that principal investigators will increase their understanding of the evaluation process and NSF’s requirements for evaluation, as well as gain knowledge that will help them to communicate with evaluators and obtain data that help them improve their work.
Document: NSF’s 2010 User-Friendly Handbook for Project Evaluation

Evaluation Tips

Broader Impacts Tips from the University of Missouri Broader Impacts Office
Evaluation 101:​