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Is your STEM equity program working?

Launch and forum online, Wednesday 9 November, 1 pm AEDT. Register here.

There are hundreds of STEM equity programs across Australia. And the latest numbers suggest they’re making a difference. The numbers are moving, slowly, but they’re moving.

“We can see change for the better. But we can also see how the pandemic has exacerbated inequities in STEM,” says Professor Lisa Harvey-Smith, Australia’s Women in STEM Ambassador.

How can we do better and learn from each other?

A free evaluation tool to be launched tomorrow will help you assess your program, and share your successes and failures, helping other programs around the country.

Find out how the STEM Equity Evaluation Portal can help your program design at our online launch tomorrow, Wednesday 9 November from 1 pm to 2 pm AEDT with STEM leaders:

  • Anna-Maria Arabia, CEO, Australian Academy of Science
  • Dr Wafa El-Adhami, CEO, SAGE (Science in Australia Gender Equity)
  • Dr Isabelle Kingsley, Office of Australia’s Women in STEM Ambassador

who will discuss the importance of evaluating equity programs.

With opening comments from:

  • The Hon Ed Husic MP, Minister for Industry and Science
  • Professor Lisa Harvey-Smith, Australia’s Women in STEM Ambassador.

We will discuss how to use the Portal, its key features, and the benefits of using a national framework for evaluating the effectiveness of STEM equity programs.

“I invite everyone running a STEM equity program to use our free evaluation Portal, and to share findings so we can all learn as a community, and refine our programs to make a sustainable difference,” says Dr Kingsley, creator of the Portal.

“The Portal draws on the framework from the National Evaluation Guide that we launched in 2020,” says Dr Kingsley.

Following the launch of the Guide in 2020, some of Australia’s STEM equity programs shared their evaluations as examples. They outline the entire process—from the evaluation plans to the completed reports.

Each of the examples applies the five steps of the framework from the Guide and Portal: Define, Plan, Design, Execute and Share.

  • STEM Women
  • Science in Australia Gender Equity (SAGE) pilot
  • Champions of Change Coalition (CCC) STEM
  • TechGirls Competition
  • STEM Returners

Read these program evaluations at https://womeninstem.org.au/examples-of-program-evaluations/

“The pandemic threatens to undo a lot of the good work that has been done, so we urgently need to know what works and make sure we’re doing it,” says Dr Kingsley.

The Guide and Portal are key actions of the Australian Government’s Advancing Women in STEM 2020 Action Plan. It is also a priority of the Women in STEM Decadal Plan.

Development of the Portal was supported by the Australian Government’s Department of Industry, Science and Resources.

The Australian Government has taken steps to make evaluation a condition of grant funding, including under the Women in STEM and Entrepreneurship (WISE) grants program. The Government recommends the use of this Guide and Portal to evaluate the success of current and future WISE projects in meeting their intended outcomes.

Media contacts

For further information contact Becky Laurence, b.laurence@unsw.edu.au, 0466 942 077

Or Tanya Ha, Science in Public, tanya@scienceinpublic.com.au, 0404 083 863