When: Monday 17th February, 2:00-3:30
The Government supports and invests in a range of gender equity in STEM initiatives intended to that boost the participation of girls and women in STEM education and careers. Evaluation is imperative to gauge whether initiatives are achieving their intended outcomes and to shape future interventions . However, evaluation is often neglected  due in part to lack of resources and perceived expertise to evaluate projects in a professional and accountable manner .
The Office of the Women in STEM is developing a National Evaluation Guide to provide a standardised framework for rigorous evaluation of funded gender equity programs across Australia. The National Evaluation Guide will be piloted with the Women in STEM and Entrepreneurship (WISE) grants program in 2020 to evaluate project impacts and outcomes. This paper will provide an overview of the National Evaluation Guide and discuss the implementation of the pilot project with WISE in 2020.
Isabelle Kingsley, Research Associate, Office of the Women in STEM | University of New South Wales