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Evaluation tutorial_Ann Zimmerman_Gateways 2017.pdf

posted on 10.11.2017 by Ann Zimmerman
These slides were presented during a tutorial on evaluation at the Gateways 2017 Conference on October 23, 2017. A description of the tutorial appears below.

You want your gateway to succeed. Whether your gateway is just getting underway or has been operational for some time, it’s never too early or too late to take steps to improve the chances of reaching your gateway’s goals and to show others, including your sponsors and users, that your gateway makes a difference.

This fast-paced tutorial will use worksheets and other practical exercises to help you draft an evaluation plan customized to your gateway. You will learn to:

--decide where to best invest your limited evaluation resources
--ask questions that matter to determining to your gateway’s success
--choose appropriate methods to answer your questions
--identify meaningful metrics
--effectively report findings from an evaluation

You will leave the tutorial with a draft evaluation plan and with a step-by-step process you can follow as other evaluation needs arise for your gateway. The tutorial will be valuable whether your gateway decides to conduct its own evaluation or to work with an external evaluator.


This work was supported by the National Science Foundation under award ACI-1547611. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.