Research & Evaluation

The mission of building a stronger, more inclusive U.S. STEM workforce demands a core competence in evidenced-based research and evaluation. Rigorous evaluation is the most reliable way to gauge program effectiveness, inform public understanding, foster program improvement, and validate the impact of STEM program investments.

Since its launch with federal seed funding in 2002, BEST has:

• Conducted a Congressionally-mandated national search for effective STEM diversity programs

• Analyzed the STEM program portfolios of the Office of Naval Research and the U.S. Army

• Prepared a report on “What Works in STEM Education in San Diego, California"

• Produced reports on STEM capacity for the Governor of Missouri and the Kansas Legislature

• Developed a white paper on the mentoring of women in STEM within the Department of Defense

• Provided management oversight for an independent evaluation of the DoD STEM Diversity Campaign

Publications, Reports, White Papers

Research and Evaluation Commissioned by the DoD

The Talent Imperative in Science and Technology

An Evaluation of Army Educational Outreach Programs
A Report to the Director for Research and Laboratory Management

Ensuring Excellence

Action Steps to Increase Return on Investment from ONR and NRE Education Programs
A Report to the Office of Naval Research

White Paper on Mentoring Women in DoD STEM

BEST Grant Evaluation

National Search for Excellence in STEM Education

The Talent Imperative in Science and Technology

Diversifying America’s Science and Engineering Workforce

A Bridge for All

Higher Education Design Principles to Broaden Participation in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics

The Talent Imperative

Meeting America's Challenge in Science and Engineering, ASAP

Reports Commissioned by Foundations

What's Working

A Guide to Effective K-12 Math and Science Education in San Diego County

Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation - Building Kansas's Capacity in METS

BEST compiled this data book to help inform the work of the Kansas Legislature’s Advisory Committee on Mathematics, Science & Innovation.

Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation - Building Missouri's Capacity in METS

BEST compiled a data book to provide a shared baseline of analysis to support Missouri Governor Blunt's Summit on building Missouri's capacity in mathematics, engineering, technology and science.