The Burroughs Wellcome Fund has evaluated the impact of the Student STEM Enrichment Program since its inception in 1996. As part of that process, SSEP Student Surveys were developed for use by our awardees.
Student Feedback Surveys for students in grades 6-12 included questions related to the three SSEP goals: improving students’ competence in science, nurturing student’ enthusiasm for science, and interesting students in pursuing careers in research or other science-related areas. Once elementary programs were supported by SSEP, surveys for elementary students were added.
Survey data collected over time has provided evidence that SSEP funded projects are having an impact on all three program goals.
Beginning in 2018, BWF paused all standard evaluation requirements contained in previous grant award agreements. Considerations for a program evaluation design change is underway and current SSEP awardees will be notified of any new evaluation requirements that may manifest after a complete assessment.
In the meantime, awardees may make special requests for use of prior survey instruments for their own respective evaluation strategies. BWF no longer requires the instruments to be completed and returned as a part of reporting requirements.
You may contact Tiffanie Taylor at firstname.lastname@example.org to request copies of survey instruments.