Building STEM Partnerships: How a Common Evaluation Strategy by Communities Transforms STEM Practice
Presented by: The PEAR Institute: Partnerships in Education and Resilience
Strand: K-12 Education
The PEAR Institute: Partnerships in Education and Resilience, located at McLean Hospital and Harvard Medical School, is an organization dedicated to making meaningful theoretical and practical contributions to youth development in school and afterschool settings. PEAR has developed a comprehensive approach to examine the quality of students’ (K-12) science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) learning experiences and provide a common language around STEM quality and student outcomes in an effort to retain student interest in STEM.
PEAR is leading a data-informed initiative to develop and strengthen a national STEM network to improve the quality of STEM activities inside and outside of school. PEAR currently partners with five metropolitan areas across the U.S. to measure STEM-related youth outcomes and program quality using tools co-developed by PEAR and practitioners. Through these partnerships with local funders, intermediaries, and youth-serving organizations, PEAR has been able to examine national trends while improving its measurements to better serve programs and practitioners.
Discover PEAR’s STEM measurements. The Common Instrument Suite is a self-report survey that measures a variety of STEM-related attitudes, such as STEM interest and identity. The Dimensions of Success framework encompasses observation, feedback and planning tools designed to help programs improve the quality of their STEM offerings. Explore PEAR’s data visualization tool to learn how STEM networks examine community- and national-level data to make informed decisions about STEM programming. By adopting a common framework and common language using PEAR tools, STEM networks are able to generate actionable insights that programs can use for continual improvement.