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As a partners in the NSF INCLUDES Alliance, the CIDER team's mission is to achieve change through activities supported by well informed data and evidence. 

The CIDER team brings together a multidisciplinary effort to support the data-focused activities, research and evaluation of the Engineering PLUS Alliance. They are supporting the work by engaging their synergistic team of data scientists, researchers and evaluators (internal and external) and creating a foundational platform that supports capacity building at multiple levels: the project overall, stEm Academy, the partnering societies, AISES, NSBE, and SWE, and the Regional Hubs and their associated members.

Our CIDER team consists of 20 individuals across 5 organizations

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What CIDER has Brought to the Table (thus far):


Research Question 1: What role does evidence play in scaling the most promising engagement activities across the regional hub and the alliance overall?

Research Question 2: How do the social interactions and resultant networks affect scaling?

Research Question 3: What are the historic and operative frameworks of how gender, race and ethnicity, pathway opportunities and goal attainment are addressed?

Products from the Research Team: 

  • GEAR framework identification, pilot process, and toolkit (Maxey, McGill, Zarch)

  • Slaton, A., Maxey, K. R., McGill, M., & Williamson, J. (2023, June). A Critical Examination of ASEE’s Diversity Recognition Program to Promote Changed Practices at PostSecondary Institutions. In 2023 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition.

  • Zarch, R., & McGill, M. (2023, June). Examining an Equity-Focused Collective Impacted Project through the Lens of Alliance Members’ Prior Experiences. In 2023 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition.

  • Zarch, R., & McGill, M. (2023, June). Centering equity in an NSF engineering education alliance: Considerations for complex, multi stakeholder work. In 2023 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition.

  • ASEE 2023 Topical Plenary—Saying the Words: Centering Racism and Other Critical Frameworks for 21st-Century Engineering Education; Amy Slaton, Sepehr Vakil, Stephanie Masta, Meagan C. Pollock & Kayla R. Maxey

Research Team Update - November 2023


New England Hub Data
Midwest Hub Data
PEERs, Hubs, and ADRP

NSF's Eddie Bernice Johnson INCLUDES Alliance Engineering PLUS (Partnerships Launching Underrepresented Students). This work is supported by the National Science Foundation under award HRD-2119930. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the authors) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.

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