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The National Assessment Governing Board (NAGB), which oversees the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), is seeking nominations for seven open positions -- business representative, Chief State School Officer, curriculum specialist, twelfth-grade teacher, local school superintendent, state school board member, and testing and measurement expert -- by October 31.  Candidates can nominate themselves or be nominated by someone else.  All nominations must include the nominee’s...

On March 23, 2018, The US Government Accountability Office (GAO) published the third in its series on Federal Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Education investments, Actions Needed to Better Assess the Federal Investment, in the context of the America COMPETES Act (2007) and The America COMPETES Reauthorization Act of 2010.

Why GAO Did The 2018 Study

Education programs in STEM fields are intended to enhance the nation's global competitiveness. GAO reported in...

The AREN Project Annual Reports:

  • Evidence of Results / Impact
  • Top Level Goals 1 and 4 for SMD
  • Yearly Quad Chart
  • Annual Progress Report


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FYI – This society was one of the groups participating in the September discussion forum on the recommendations of the Commission on Evidence-Based Policymaking. Deadline for proposals for their spring conference is October 13th.

Info on membership and subscribing to their newsletter is below.

From: Society for Benefit-Cost Analysis []
Sent: Thursday, October 12, 2017 9:53 AM
Subject: October 2017 SBCA News



AREN Project Quad Chart for September, 2017


AREN Project Quad Chart for August, 2017


On August 2, 2017, STEM Education Specialists for NASA eClips™ presented nine workshop sessions to 150 high school students attending the Hispanic College Institute sponsored by the Virginia Latino Higher Education Network (VALHEN). The HCI, held at Virginia Tech, helps prepare underrepresented students for a college experience and exposes them to possible STEM careers. The STEM focused workshops featured NASA eClips™ resources, including the recently approved solar eclipse lesson, Solar...


The Arizona State University Infiniscope Team participated in the NASA booth at the American Library Association National Conference in Chicago in June 2017. Our team showcased our newest digital learning experiences for the librarians offering them free, engaging activities that use NASA data for their audiences. Librarians were also invited to join our Infiniscope Teaching Network to be able to customize these experiences for their local areas.


The NASA eClips™ Video “Launchpad: Engineering Design to Support Scientific Discovery” was recommended by the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES) Product Review Panel for broad distribution and approved for inclusion in the NASA Wavelength Database.

This video can be viewed on the NASA eClips website at:

And on Youtube at:...


Sharing updated version of Evaluation Plan & Guidelines Checklist for WGBH: Bringing the Universe to America's Classrooms project (NASA CAN Award No. NNX16AD71A; PI: Rachel Connolly); developed by research/evaluation partner Oregon State University's Center for Research on Lifelong STEM Learning.  

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How can the federal government better engage citizens?

 Federal agencies are using "open innovation" tools to leverage the knowledge and skills of people outside government. Using dedicated websites and in-person outreach, agencies have worked with the public to rebuild communities after Hurricane Sandy, improve methods to find asteroids that could threaten the Earth, and reduce the amount of time required for highway construction projects.

We identified 7 practices that agencies can...

Why GAO Did This Study

The federal government spends more than $600 billion a year on grants to fund a wide range of programs and services, including those related to social services, education, and health care. To better integrate evidence and rigorous evaluation in federal grantmaking, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has encouraged federal agencies to use tiered evidence grant programs.

Recommendation: To facilitate collaboration and identify and broadly disseminate...

 The U.S. Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and several agencies such as the Department of Eduction's  Institute for Education Sciences (IES) are sponsoring under the Committee on National Statistics (CNSTAT) of the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine a 1-day, public workshop, on October 27, 2016 9AM to 4:30 PM eastern (the calendar uses Central time) to comment on existing high-level guidelines for federal program evaluation, which generally reference...

See PDF attachment for fuller details. Members of the public who plan to attend Cmeeting in-person are encouraged
to RSVP at by noon on Wednesday, September 7.
What: Second Convening of the Commission on Evidence-Based Policymaking
When: Friday, September 9, 2016, 1:00–5:00 p.m. (EDT)
Where: National Academy of Sciences (NAS) Building, Room NAS-Lecture Room
2101 Constitution Ave., N.W.,
Washington, D.C. 20418
Webcast:  At 1 p.m.(EST) on event...


Shared at the request of another Federal Agency:

Dear Colleagues,

We would appreciate your help in distributing the Chapin Hall RFP announcement below to your evaluation and research partners in state and local governments, academia, and other organizations. This is an opportunity to conduct policy-relevant evaluation and programmatic research using the Census Bureau's expanding linkage infrastructure. We hope to solicit high-impact proposals that inform policies and interventions.


The four white papers were prepared by staff from OMB, with assistance from staff at other Federal agencies. While the attached are probably more than you want to know you may want to take a look at it as your schedules permit. The Commission on Evidence-Based Policymaking will convene its first public meeting on July 22 at 8:30 a.m. EDT. The meeting is open to the public, and will be conducted at the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) Building, Room NAS-120 at 2101 Constitution Ave., N.W.,...

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Public Notice

July 15, 2016                                                                                                      Contact:

WASHINGTON – The Commission on Evidence-Based Policymaking will convene its first public meeting on July 22 at 8:30 a.m. EDT. The meeting is open to the public, and will be conducted at the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) Building, Room NAS-120 at 2101 Constitution Ave., N.W., Washington, D.C.


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We would like to invite you to contribute to the development of If you haven’t visited this website before, please consider taking a look! It’s designed as a resource for all individuals who are interested in informal STEM education, and we think you may find information here that is useful to you. We are collecting feedback on the website in order to improve it for other professionals and students like yourself.

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Understanding Interventions (UI) mission is to positively impact the outcomes of efforts aimed at broadening participation in STEM research and research careers through the expansion and dissemination of the relevant body of knowledge, and facilitate its implementation in practice, policy development, training, and professional development.

UI aims to mutually inform scholarship and practice, develop and enhance the community interested in educational interventions, and provide...

CAISE Online Forum on Design Based Research (DBR), Design Based Implementation Research (DBIR), and Informal STEM Learning: May 16- 20, 2016

This forum will explore design-based research (DBR) and design-based implementation research (DBIR) as paradigms, approaches and methodologies in informal STEM education (ISE) projects. Developed in the learning sciences, DBR and DBIR are often applied to the problems of formal education, but have been emerging in our field.  In this discussion we...



Several of us who work on NASA-funded efforts with Native American Communities also are funded by the National Science Foundation to do science education research and programming in this area as well. We are hosting a virtual conference next week on Thursday and Friday, January 28th and 29th, 2016 on our NSF-funded Native Universe project. If you are interested in knowing more and possibly attending, please register here: There is no fee for this...



Following is a list of SMD public outreach events with descriptions and links to the associated event webpages and project profiles if available. This list is intended to help community members easily connect with each other to learn more about best practices in hosting and evaluating outreach events, rather than being about upcoming outreach events. If you have a project to add to the list, please contact Stephanie Shipp (, Heather Dalton (, or...


The following are profiles of public events that have been summarized by McREL based on review of education and evaluation literature.  These are intended to offer insights to community members who are designing, implementing, and/or evaluating events for the general public. Each profile presents an overview, evaluation methodologies, outputs, outcomes and impacts, and successes, challenges and lessons learned.  If you have additional profiles - or suggestions for profiles, please...

The following are evaluation reports that may be helpful in the design, implementation, and evaluation of public events.