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MSP Evaluation Summit: Evidence-Based Findings from MSPs


Sponsored by the Adding Value to the Mathematics and Science Partnerships Evaluations (University of Wisconsin-Madison) and Consortium for Building Evaluation Capacity (Utah State

SUMMARY of the MSP Evaluation Summit

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Theme: Evidence-based design, decision-making, and outcomes of the MSPs

Targeted Audience: PIs, Project Evaluators, and RETA Researchers

Format: Accepted evaluation and research papers presented by participants

Funding: The two RETA sponsors will pay for participants' travel, lodging, and conference expenses. Paper presenters will be awarded a $300 honorarium.

Proposals: The proposal will consist of an abstract with a maximum of 500 words and should specify the research and evaluation theme of your MSP that you will cover: student learning and participation, teacher change, institutes of higher education, evidence-based design, or partnerships. Proposal abstracts, along with a two-page vita, are due by July 15 and should be submitted electronically to Jim Dorward Applicants will be notified of acceptance by August 1. The deadline for the completed paper is September 6, with the opportunity to publish the paper as part of the conference proceedings.

NOTE: Early Proposal Review

The deadline for early proposal review (1-page abstract and 2-page vita) for presentations at the MSP Evaluation Summit: Evidence-Based Findings conference on September 15-16 is June 15, 2005. Authors whose papers are accepted will be notified on July 1, 2005. This change was made in order to accommodate those interested in expediting travel arrangements.

Conference Details A two-day evaluation, research reporting, and technical assistance conference will be held at the Radisson Hotel Metrodome in Minneapolis on September 15-16, 2005, for MSP evaluators, researchers, and principal investigators to report early findings from their work. The first cohort of the National Science Foundation Mathematics and Science Partnerships is in its third year. The evaluators of these MSPs have been developing and implementing research designs, evaluating implementation and outcomes, collecting evidence, and drawing findings from their efforts. Evaluators of the newer MSPs are moving forward along this process. RETA researchers are well immersed in studying significant design, implementation, and evaluation questions. This summit conference will provide an opportunity for evaluators,researchers, and STEM faculty to showcase their work and to engage in dialogue on key issues related to evaluating MSPs.

The two-day conference will be organized into four plenary sessions and 20 paper-reporting sessions related to the research or evaluation of an MSP. The paper sessions will be organized around five major themes: student learning and participation, teacher change, institutes of higher education, evidence-based design, and partnerships. The specifics of these topics will be elicited from the MSP researchers. Each session will include discussants who are responsible for reacting to and critiquing the papers.

Travel, lodging, and conference expenses for participants will be paid by the two sponsoring RETAs (Adding Value and CBEC).

Two pre-sessions will be conducted on Wednesday, September 14, for those who are seeking an in-depth study of the topics. One pre-session will be on case study methodology, and a concurrent pre-session will cover statistical models and HLM for the sciences, engineering, and mathematics. A nationally recognized expert in the field will lead each pre-session.

The primary audience for the conference includes the MSP network of principal investigators, evaluators, and RETA researchers. More detailed information on the conference including proposal specifications, the conference agenda and registration form, will be forthcoming and available at the following websites:,, and MSPnet. If you have any questions, please contact Paula White, Catherine Callow-Heusser, or Jim Dorward.