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The National Institute for STEM Evaluation and Research (NISER) provides quality evaluation services to the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) research and education sectors, including academic communities, not-for-profit organizations, and government entities.

NISER was founded in 2016 under the leadership of Pamela Bishop, as part of the National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis (NIMBioS), housed at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. In 2019, NISER moved to the UT Office of Research and Engagement, reporting to the Vice Chancellor for Research.

NISER’s staff has experience in systems-level evaluation, a deep understanding of interdisciplinary team science, a professional collaborative approach to program evaluation and research, and the ability to untangle the complexity of large-scale STEM programs. We offer a range of data-driven services to best serve our clients’ needs.

NISER staff have been the evaluators for NIMBioS activities since 2008 and have produced over 175 reports for the variety of diverse research and education activities fostered by the center, the most expansive set of evaluations ever carried out for a major NSF Center. These evaluations are openly available to the organizers and community in order to enhance the quality of ongoing and future activities as well as to encourage the use of evaluation processes in the development of new activities and programs.

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

Evaluating Social Media Webinar


This webinar will walk you through the 3V’s of developing and evaluating a social media plan for your broadening participation STEM education project. Watch it here!

Modern Methods in Program Evaluation


Videos from the NSF INCLUDES Conference Tutorial on Modern Methods in Program Evaluation (held 22 Feb 2017) are available to view on our YouTube Channel. Watch it here!

Program Evaluation 101 Webinar


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