The Department of Higher Education (DHE) has contracted with the University of Massachusetts Donahue Institute to evaluate meeting the goals articulated in the STEM Plan and to learn best practices. Key focus areas of evaluation include the data dashboard to track annual progress on each of the give goals, STEM Network structures and value, and examining the @Scale model.
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 Council’s goals.
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 Council 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.