Evaluating Discovery Research for students

The Challenge 

This National Science Foundation program promotes advances in student and teacher learning in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) by developing, studying, and implementing resources, models, and technologies for students, teachers, and policymakers.

The program has funded more than 450 projects with a wide range of activities, disciplines, populations, and products.

Westat has been asked to examine the impact of the program on teachers, students, and the field and provide information for program improvement.

Our Solutions 

  • We address 4 questions examining the nature of the portfolio, quality of the projects’ evaluation, outcome of the grants, and their contributions to the field.
  • The mixed-method approach includes portfolio analysis, rigor reviews, meta-analysis, and bibliometric analysis.

The Results 

  • We are providing results of the individual data collections on an ongoing basis. A final report will integrate the results to address the evaluation questions.

Our Client 

National Science Foundation (NSF)