STEM Education Evaluation Center (SEEC)

Cultivating a Spirit of Inquiry

Lead Staff:
Karen Mutch-Jones
Jim Hammerman
Project Staff:
Audrey Martinez-Gudapakkam
Debra Bernstein
Eric Hochberg
Santiago Gasca
Sabrina De Los Santos
Rachel Hayes
Michael Cassidy

Summary

SEEC offers consultation, external evaluation, and research support for existing STEM education grants and programs and collaborates with proposal writing teams to design studies. SEEC staff respond to clients at various points in the process, focusing on needs assessments, formative development and feedback, summative outcomes, sustainability, and dissemination.

Our projects range in scale from close observations of individual training events to implementation of multi-year, multi-site evaluations on local, state, and national levels. SEEC staff are experienced quantitative and qualitative researchers who understand the affordances and constraints of different methods and approaches, and can design instruments and studies, collect and analyze data, and report results whether they are highly nuanced descriptions of a phenomenon, multi-faceted comparisons of outcomes, or evidence of causal impact.

As researchers, evaluators and principal investigators who focus solely on STEM education, SEEC’s expertise is grounded in theory and practice. SEEC works on the cutting edge of disciplinary, curricular, instructional, and methodological practices in STEM education.

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Sample Projects

Evaluation

With a focus solely on STEM education, SEEC’s evaluation work builds on TERC’s extensive experience developing and researching innovative curriculum, technologies, and professional development programs. SEEC’s work is on the cutting edge of disciplinary, curricular, instructional, and methodological practices in STEM education.

Various Roles

SEEC’s evaluation work is tailored to meet your specific needs at any project stage:

  • Conducting front-end evaluation to assess the interests and preferences of future learners, or to identify potential obstacles to address in a project
  • Providing formative feedback about an innovation as it is being developed or implemented
  • Offering oversight for complex projects through process evaluation
  • Assessing the impact of a finished (or nearly finished) product or intervention through summative evaluation

Multiple Methods

SEEC Evaluators use a range of methods in their work including rich, qualitative descriptions of program activities and outcomes, as well as varied quantitative analyses. When appropriate, they also develop and implement experimental and quasi-experimental designs to test impact. Data might come from observations, individual and group interviews, surveys, logs and journals, artifacts, tests and assessments, automatically generated log files or transcripts of online interactions, and existing records and documents.

"Critical Friends"

SEEC Evaluators all have experience working in STEM education. As a result, they serve as “critical friends” to their clients by providing thoughtful and relevant feedback based on their own expertise, while maintaining enough distance to identify assumptions and perspectives that might interfere with a rigorous evaluation. They will listen carefully to you, helping you think creatively and offering alternative views, to encourage a generative and collaborative relationship. SEEC Evaluators often work in teams, adding availability and a diversity of perspectives to their work.

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