Wednesday, March 3 • 12:20pm - 12:35pm
Talk Session 5: Development of a model to evaluate higher education professional development programs

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Academic institutions and national organizations have integrated professional development (PD) programs to their offerings, with the overarching goal of supporting a more diverse, inclusive, and equitable STEM education ecosystem. In the report Graduate STEM Education for the 21st Century, the authors point at the absence of evaluation mechanisms of PD programs and at how valuable the information could be for engaging advocates in the STEM education ecosystem. To address this concern, we developed an evidence-driven model, grounded in implementation science, to evaluate PD programs targeting students in higher education. Here, we present the model and the elements guiding its development, all in the context of American Chemical Society PD programs for students who self-identify as part of a traditionally underrepresented population. The model uses a combination of qualitative and quantitative data collection methods to yield information about the program’s implementation and outcomes. Adopting this evaluation model could help organizations sustain claims associated to the impact of their PD programs and help identify key aspects influencing said impact. As a long-term outcome for this project, entities concerned with the professional development of STEM students in higher education can adopt the model to evaluate their programs and make informed decisions about future implementations of their programs.

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Stephanie Santos-Díaz

Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of Wisconsin - Madison

Wednesday March 3, 2021 12:20pm - 12:35pm CST