Research and Evaluation Projects

RISE research and evaluation projects are the result of partnerships with internal and external clients. Projects are funded by federal agencies (e.g., National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, U.S. Department of Education) and state agencies (e.g., Iowa State Legislature, Iowa Department of Education), and individual schools, colleges, universities, and organizations.

NSF Engineering Research Center for Biorenewable Chemicals (CBiRC)

RISE conducts the evaluation of CBiRC activities, focusing on pre-college and university educational programs, as well as goal areas for Center operation and institutional diversity.

Iowa's Symbi GK-12 Project

The Symbi evaluation addresses critical questions at the intersection of graduate research in biorenewable chemicals, communication of science topics to non-technical audiences, and middle school STEM education in Iowa.

Iowa STEM Education Evaluation (I-SEE)

RISE is responsible for conducting a process evaluation that examines resources, needs, facilitating conditions, and barriers to the development and growth of the Iowa statewide STEM initiative.

Iowa STEM Monitoring Project

The Iowa STEM Monitoring Project (ISMP) is a multi-faceted and collaborative effort that works in support of the Iowa Governor's STEM Advisory Council. The purpose of the ISMP is to systematically observe a series of defined metrics and sources to examine changes regarding STEM education and economic development in Iowa centered on the activities of the Iowa Governor's STEM Advisory Council.

Undergraduate Research Programs

RISE conducts the evaluations of a number of undergraduate research programs, including NSF-sponsored REU programs, on an annual basis with the goal of evaluating student learning, program satisfaction, and challenges encountered in the program.

360° Feedback for K-12 Educators

RISE conducts 360° Feedback for K-12 educators, including school administrators, teachers, and classified staff, to provide individualized information for performance improvement. 360° raters often include students, parents, peers, and community members.

Wind Energy Science and Policy Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship (WESEP IGERT)

RISE collaborates with an external evaluator to evaluate the WESEP IGERT program's impact on students and faculty in the program and the field of wind energy science as a whole.

Positive Behavioral Interventions and Support Statewide

RISE has contracted with the Iowa Department of Education to evaluate the process and outcomes of the Positive Behavioral Interventions and Support (PBIS) program implementation in Iowa public schools.

Cases for Teaching Responsible Communication of Science

RISE conducts the evaluation focusing in student pre and post responses of their understanding of ethical issue in science communication and instructor ratings of usefulness of the case study approach.

Education for Women in Agriculture

RISE has worked with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Value Added Agriculture and Women in Agriculture programs to design and implement a sound systematic evaluation process in their courses for women farmers and ranchers.

Information Technology-Credentials to Careers (ITC2) - Iowa Western Community College

RISE serves as the external evaluator on the Information Technology-Credentials to Careers (ITC2) project. The evaluation of the ITC2project assesses program benefits, strengths, and challenges in implementing the project at each participating community college. In addition, will examine the extent to which participation in the ITC2 Program has impacted labor force outcomes for participants (e.g., wages, jobs) as well as the impact on completion of awards (i.e., certificates, degrees, diplomas).

Iowa's Information Technology, Healthcare, Utilities, and Manufacturing (IHUM) - Hawkeye Community College

RISE serves as the external evaluator on the IHUM project. The evaluation of the IHUM project assesses program benefits, strengths, and challenges in implementing the project at each participating community college. In addition, will examine the extent to which participation in the IHUM Program impacts labor force outcomes for participants (e.g., wages, jobs) as well as the affect participation has on completion of awards (e.g, certificate, degree, diploma).

Small Talk Story County

Small Talk Story County (STSC) focuses on helping parents improve the quantity and quality of the language environment of the home.

Juvenile Justice Reentry Project Evaluation

The Juvenile Reentry System (JReS) effort is a multi-faceted initiative led by the Division of Criminal and Juvenile Justice Planning (CJJP), the Iowa Department of Human Rights. It is funded by the U.S Department of Justice's Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. The aim is to reduce recidivism of youth returning from out-of-home residential placement by implementing a more robust reentry system in Iowa's juvenile justice system.

Effective Mentoring of Student Researchers Study

RISE researchers Brandi Geisinger, Mari Kemis, and Arlene de la Mora, in conjunction with ISU faculty member Raj Raman, are working to learn about effective and ineffective mentoring strategies for student researchers. This work, funded, in part, by the NSF Center for Biorenewable Chemicals (CBiRC), originally stemmed out of the realization that mentoring was an essential component of undergraduate students' experiences and successes in summer research programs.