Our Projects

AEIR’s list of clients and partners include National Science Foundation (NSF), Department of Labor, The Sloan Foundation, Intel, The Aspen Institute, and the University of the District of Columbia – Community College. Below are samples of our recent evaluation projects:

University of District of Columbia Community College Evaluation of TAAACT 2 funded Transportation Academy

AEIR has been contracted as third party evaluator for the University of the District of Columbia Community College Transportation Academy program.  The Transportation Academy program provides training for the local D.C. workforce in three main areas: (1) Automotive Technology, (2) Electronics Technology, and (3) HVAC.  The program was implemented for three years as part of a TAACCCT 2 Grant from the Department of Labor.  AEIR provides formative and summative program evaluation support in the form of surveys, focus groups, interviews, statistical design, data analysis and report writing.

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I-Corps ™ for Learning: 18-Month Follow-up Evaluation of Pilot Participants
With support from the Intel Foundation, AEIR conducted a follow-up study with members from nine teams that participated in the NSF Innovation Corps™ for Learning (I-Corps ™) pilot. The study identified gaps between I-Corps ™-L business-oriented entrepreneurial culture and the academic mindset of most participants. Most projects that teams brought to I-Corps ™ -L were being sustained after 18 months, most participants reported incorporating customer discovery into preparing new proposals, and most participants reported that their participation in I-Corps™-L had an impact at their home institutions.

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Learning from the Maker Community: Advancing the Maker Movement (NSF Award #:1552643)

With funding from the National Science Foundation, AEIR is conducting a study of the Maker Movement. The purpose of the study is to learn how various maker groups define making; how engineering schools and others are using Makerspaces; the perceived value of housing a Makerspace (e.g., pedagogical value, contribution to diversity, contribution to retention); and how outreach, hands-on and participatory aspects of making can be incorporated into engineering and engineering technology education programs and curricula.

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STEM Central Evaluation

An evaluation of the community of practices emerging from NSF’s STEM Talent Expansion Program (STEP).

Read the report here.

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Transforming Undergraduate Education in Engineering (TUEE)

Use of social science research methods to collect, analyze, and summarize key stakeholders related to how well engineering education aligns with current societal needs.

Read the report here.

NSF SBIR Fellowship Program

Evaluation of program outcomes of the NSF SBIR Fellowship program.

NSF Engineering Innovation Fellowship Program

Evaluation of program outcomes of the NSF Engineering Innovation Fellowship Program.

Ideas Labs

An Ideas Lab is a new merit review strategy being used at the National Science Foundation (NSF) to address grand challenges in STEM research and education. The Ideas Lab process is modeled on the “IDEAS Factory” program developed by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) of the United Kingdom.

A diverse sub-set of participants from a range of disciplines were brought together in an intensive, interactive and free-thinking environment, where participants immersed themselves in a collaborative dialog in order to construct bold and innovative approaches. The ASEE Department of Assessment, Evaluation, and Institutional Research (AEIR) researched four Ideas Labs interdisciplinary workshops. Each workshop convened academics from different disciplines to support the development and implementation of creative and innovative program ideas that have the potential to transform research paradigms and/or solve intractable problems.

The final report documents the interdisciplinary meeting methodology and describes daily activities and meeting processes of awareness and discovery; problem definition; ideation; and proposal development that contribute to scaling innovative ideas and developing tangible proposals.

Final report available here: 2016 Ideas Lab Report .