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  • CommHEAT

    Dr. Ulrike Passe and team were awarded an NSF grant to use empirical data and participatory processes to develop models that increase predictability of extreme heat-related indoor conditions. A community-focused microclimate-informed indoor heat emergency alert (CommHEAT) system will personalize community heat-related emergency management capacity. RISE will conduct formative and summative evaluations that determine the extent to which project objectives were attained. Read More

  • DMACC Advanced Technological Education (ATE)

    The NSF awarded Dr. Julie Gonzalez and her team at DMAAC an Advanced Technological Education (ATE) grant to increase the number of skilled technicians in the workforce to meet employer needs, including direct outreach to underrepresented students and activities connecting students with industry representatives, and to modernize and expand the scope of the DMACC Biotechnology program curriculum, using advanced techniques to ensure iterative evaluation and improvement. RISE's evaluation examines the development and execution of the project and assesses the degree to which goals and targeted outcomes are achieved. Read More

  • National Resource Center for Nutrition & Aging

    Dr. Sarah Francis and her research team at Iowa State University were awarded a grant by the National Resource Center for Nutrition & Aging to support the nationwide nutrition and aging network for research, assessment and evaluation. RISE works with Dr. Francis' team to provide statistical support and data analysis. Read More

  • MSRI Incubator

    Dr. Ben Van Dusen was awarded an NSF MSRI grant to gather information on how to ethically and sustainably collect quantitative data for online database. RISE is working with Dr. Van Dusen on facilitating 8 working groups over the 2 year grant period. This qualitative study includes facilitation support, transcript review and dissemination of the data collected in the working groups. White papers will be written and shared with the participants as well as the MSRI grant stakeholders. Read More

  • CSAC (Computer Science As Career) Scholars Program – NSF S-STEM Track 3

    Texas A&M Commerce is supporting an NSF S-STEM grant for engineering transfer students. This grant offers a scholarship to students who qualify. RISE is working with faculty at Virginia Tech University to conduct a mixed-methods evaluation. This includes data collected for NSF tracking purposes, a STEM identity and efficacy measurement scale, and interviews with scholars at TAMUC. Read More

  • Women in Ag Extension and Outreach

    Cori Hyde, at RISE, has partnered with the Women in Ag extension and outreach program at Iowa State since 2015. Several projects include RME, USDA, and NIFA grants focused on farm finances, business management, risk management, and education programing. Pre-post surveys are commonly used for courses, surveys after events such as conferences, and focus groups to gain a deeper understanding of the experiences of women are a few examples of how data is collected for the evaluation of the programs. Read More

  • Annie’s Project

    Annie's Project is a national non-profit designed to educate and empower women in agriculture. The program offers 6-week courses focused on the business management of farms and ranches. RISE has partnered with Annie's Project for more than 10 years, providing feedabck on knowledge and behavior changes of participants. Pre and post course surveys are desgined to gather changes in knowledge as a result of course particiaption. Over the years, several different analysis of the data show that there has been an overall positive change in knowledge and behaviors to improve farm finances and business management. Read More

  • Computer Science for All

    The Computer Science for All (CSforAll) program introduces computer science programming to students through the use of software, such as Scratch/ScratchJr and the CoCo platform,… Read More

  • ISU Department Enhancement Program

    The DEP formed as a result of ADVANCE, an NSF funded program designed to help to recruit and retain a diverse, highly qualified and cohesive faculty body. The ISU DEP conducts focus groups and interviews to elicit information about the cultures of specific departments on campus and compiles reports outlining common themes and findings in order to further department goals and facilitate long-term planning. Read More

  • Iowa Science Phenomena

    Iowa PBS and RISE partnered to develop a pilot study that introduced teachers to the Science Phenomena website and educational materials. Pilot testing included selection of school districts, teacher trainings, classroom observations, student feedback, and teacher surveys. Read More