Interventions to address issues that limit the ability of Hispanic and underrepresented minorities to succeed in STEM are of vital importance to this Conference and to the nation as a whole. But how do we know that those interventions were addressing a real issue and were effective?
The answer is assessment. A strong assessment protocol must be an integral part of the design of the intervention, for two reasons. First, an assessment package is the only way to determine if the intervention addressed what it was supposed to address and did so in a productive manner. Secondly, the assessment package helps to determine the parameters of the intervention – information that will be critical in determining the degree to which it can be exported to other areas and/or increase in scale. The assessment effort at the end of the intervention is greatly facilitated by the incorporation of assessment protocols at the very inception of the project.
DR. DAWN HORTON
ASSISTANT DIRECTOR FOR RESEARCH & EVALUATION
UNIVERSITY OF COLUMBIA TEACHER’S COLLEGE