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National Evaluation Guide

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

Australia has hundreds of programs to tackle STEM gender equity issues [1], but are they working? Unfortunately, there is little evidence that they do. Few programs are formally evaluated [2]. The lack of evaluation makes it difficult to know what programs are effective. 

The Office of the Women in STEM Ambassador developed an evaluation guide titled Evaluating STEM Gender Equity Programs: A guide to effective program evaluation (the Guide). It provides practical advice on how to evaluate STEM gender equity programs.

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 was piloted by past recipients of the Women in STEM and Entrepreneurship (WISE) grants between May and July 2020*. They used the Guide to evaluate their projects and provided feedback through an online survey. Broader feedback was also collected from individuals who downloaded the Guide. A summary of the findings from the feedback survey is available here.

The feedback from the pilot is informing the final iteration of the Guide. The final Guide will be published at the end of 2020. From 2021, the Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources will provide all WISE-funded projects with the evaluation Guide. Funders of STEM gender equity initiatives will also be encouraged to provide the Guide to funded programs for evaluation. The aim of the Guide is to support consistent and comparable evaluation of STEM gender equity programs across Australia.

Formal feedback via the online survey closed on 31 July. However, we still welcome informal feedback. You can contact us here.

Note. The first iteration of the Guide remains available for download below. Please provide your email address to download it. Your email address will only be used by the Office of the Women in STEM Ambassador to contact you about future iterations of the Guide.

References:

  1. Australian Academy of Science, Mapping Australian STEM participation initiatives for girls and women. 2018.
  2. Australian Academy of Science, Women in STEM Decadal Plan. 2019.

Please fill in the form below to download the Guide. Please note the document you are downloading is in draft form.

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