Ethnography & Evaluation Research (E&ER) is an independent research unit at the University of Colorado Boulder. E&ER has a distinguished history of contributions on a variety of issues in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education, and a tradition of communicating this work effectively with practitioners. Works such as founder Elaine Seymour’s pioneering study with Nancy Hewitt, Talking About Leaving (1997), have helped to shape the national movement to reform undergraduate science education.
Collectively, our research team is multi-disciplinary and STEM-savvy. E&ER is skilled in conducting and disseminating research and evaluation that is useful for faculty and institutions seeking to improve their STEM education practices. E&ER has also conducted studies on other issues in education, health, the workforce, and the legal system.
To expand our capabilities and offer applications for our findings, E&ER draws on a network of colleagues and collaborators in education, government, research, and evaluation. Funding for E&ER’s work has been provided by the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Research Corporation for Science Advancement, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the Noyce Foundation, the Camille & Henry Dreyfus Foundation, the Spencer Foundation, and the Educational Advancement Foundation, and through contracts with universities, laboratories, and other organizations. At CU Boulder, E&ER is housed within the Center to Advance Research and Teaching in the Social Sciences (CARTSS).