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The National Institute for STEM Evaluation and Research (NISER) provides quality evaluation services to funded projects in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) research and education sectors We have a particular focus on postsecondary projects seeking to improve the recruitment, retention, and workforce development of underrepresented groups in STEM at the undergraduate, graduate, and institutional levels.

NISER’s staff has a professional collaborative approach to program evaluation that focuses on the utilization of data by program leaders to make real-time formative improvements to their programs, and also to measure progress toward program goals.  NISER has the ability to untangle the complexity of large-scale STEM programs, and a deep understanding of the landscape of STEM education, outreach, and workforce development. We offer a range of data-driven services to best serve our collaborators’ needs.

NISER was founded in 2016 under the leadership of Pamela Bishop. We are housed at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville in the Office of Research and Engagement, reporting to the Vice Chancellor for Research.

Contact us for more information on how we can work together to increase your funding chances and improve your program.

Program Evaluation 101 Webinar


In this introductory webinar, we introduce the key concepts and vocabulary of program evaluation methods. Watch it here.