National Evaluation Guide for STEM Gender Equity Programs

"Program evaluation helps us know if we're being effective in creating change. The National Evaluation Guide is a simple step-by-step tool that helps you evaluate your gender equity program."
IsabelleKingsley
Isabelle Kingsley
Research Associate | Office of the Women in STEM Ambassador

Australia has hundreds of STEM gender equity programs that seek to address the underrepresentation of girls and women in STEM [1], but are they working? By evaluating programs, we can understand if our actions are effective to create positive change.

The Office of the Women in STEM Ambassador developed a National Evaluation Guide for STEM gender equity programs (the Guide). The Guide delivers on a key recommendation of the Women in STEM Decadal Plan. It is also an integral part of the Australian Government’s Advancing Women in STEM 2020 Action Plan.

The Guide is a simple evaluation tool that offers practical advice and breaks down program evaluation into 5 easy steps. It outlines how to create an evaluation plan, put it into action and share the findings.

We bundled the Guide with a set of complementary resources, available below.

View a short video of responses to frequently asked questions (FAQs) about the Guide. 

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Contains detailed ideas, advice, worksheets, templates and examples (68 pages).

Summarises the key ideas of the National Evaluation Guide (7 pages).

Illustrates the 5 steps of program evaluation (1 page).

Contains real examples of program evaluation plans and final reports.

References:

  1. McKinnon M. (2020). The absence of evidence of the effectiveness of Australian gender equity in STEM initiatives. Australian Journal of Social Issues. Advanced online publication. https://doi.org/10.1002/ajs4.142

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