The Department of Higher Education, with approval from the Governor’s STEM Advisory Council, contracted with the University of Massachusetts Donahue Institute (UMDI) to develop a new statewide science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) indicators system to benchmark Massachusetts’ progress in key educational and economic areas associated with the Pipeline Fund’s goals.
The outcome of UMDI’s work is a new Data Dashboard, similar to the former Massachusetts Statewide STEM Indicators Project (MASSIP), but reflective of the five quantitative goals of the STEM Plan 2.0 and developed to present the data through three distinct views: 1) overall progress relative to each of the STEM goals, 2) overall state progress with respect to the national average, and 3) specific information related to subgroups. The DHE recognizes the new data dashboard is a living, evolving tool that will change and grow as data is updated or new data sources become available.
The University of Massachusetts Donahue Institute also developed the Massachusetts Statewide STEM Indicators Project (MASSIP), which is a set of accessible and perennial measurements that benchmark Massachusetts’ progress in key STEM educational and economic areas. Recognizing the vast number of initiatives across Massachusetts which address STEM educational issues, this indicators project does not specifically evaluate the impact of STEM Pipeline Fund activities. Rather, it serves as a reflection of the combined efforts statewide to increase the “flow” of students through a science, technology, engineering and mathematics educational “pipeline.” MASSIP also contains data on how Massachusetts compares to competitor states. The University of Massachusetts Donahue Institute will regularly examine MASSIP data to identify progress in increasing the pipeline of future STEM workers.