• 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Touch Terrain: Using 3-D printed terrain models to improve spatial thinking in the geosciences

    ISU faculty members Chris Harding, Aaron Wood, Jacqueline Reber, and Igor Beresnev received a Miller Grant from the ISU Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning to use 3D printed terrain models and develop and assess map-centric STA exercises for classes, labs, field trips and the ISU field camp in Wyoming. RISE will serve as the evaluator for the educational component of the grant. Read More

  • Supervised Agricultural Education (SAE) for All

    The Supervised Agricultural Education (SAE) for All program is a student-led, work-based experience supervised by an instructor. The program aims to develop resources and training for teachers to implement and enhance their SAE pedagogy. One objective of SAE for All is identifying gaps in teaching recordkeeping, financial literacy, and agricultural business basic skills. Additionally, SAE objectives include creating resources for agricultural teachers who supervise SAEs, host annual professional development workshops for those teachers in Iowa, and develop a SAE for All template for other states to implement the program themselves. Read More

  • ISU 4U Promise

    RISE serves the evaluator for the ISU 4U Promise program. The ISU 4U Promise partnership between King Elementary School, Moulton Elementary School, and Iowa State University promotes college-going in students from these schools. Students who complete fifth grade at King or Moulton will be eligible for tuition awards at Iowa State University. Read More

  • Enhancing Conservation, Access, and Generational Transition of Iowa Farmland through Women Landowners

    RISE participates in the Women in Ag grants team to develop informational feedback on educational programming. Evaluation work includes survey development and administration and focus groups. Read More