The Iowa STEM Monitoring Project (ISMP) is a multi-facited and collaborative effort that works in support of the Iowa Governor’s STEM Advisory Council. The purpose of the ISMP is to systematically observe a series of defined metrics and sources to examine changes regarding STEM education and economic development in Iowa. The ISMP was developed within an evaluation framework for the STEM initiative in Iowa, which included multiple levels of evaluation, additional resources leveraged in support of evaluation, and alignment of evaluation activities with initiative goals and priorities. The ISMP is comprised of four components: 1) Iowa STEM Indicators System (ISIS); 2) Statewide survey of public Attitudes Toward STEM; 3) Statewide Student Interest Inventory; and 4) Regional Scale-Up Program Monitoring.
The Iowa STEM Indicators System (ISIS) is a system to track publicly available data at the national, state, and regional levels. The purpose of the system is to provide annual benchmarks on a variety of STEM topics in education and economic development by systematically assessing the progress and condition of the state’s STEM landscape. Data used to track the ISIS indicators come from sources such as the Iowa Department of Education (DOE), the National center for Education Statistics (NCES), Iowa Workforce Development (IWD), Regional Scale-Up Programs, ACT, and Iowa colleges and universities. Variability in when data from these sources are collected, analyzed, and released publicly requires continuous tracing and updating.
To measure public awareness the UNI CSBR initiated a statewide public survey of Iowans. The field period for the survey was July through September, 2012. Three sampling strata were used: general population, parents of 4-11 year old children, and parents of 12-19 year old children. The dual-frame sampling design included both landline and cell phone numbers. The survey yielded 2,010 completed interviews. Dta were weighted by demographic variables to beter represent the adult population of Iowa.
Heiden, E. O., Cornish, D. L., Lutz, G. M., & Avery, M.(2013). Iowa STEM Monitoring Project: 2012-2013 Summary Report. Cedar Falls, IA: University of Northern Iowa, Center for Social and Behavioral Research.