CADRE Fellows Survey
The Community for Advancing Discovery Research in Education (CADRE), the official name of the Discovery Research K–12 (DR K–12) network, is a collaborative effort of three organizations: Education Development Center, Inc. (EDC); Abt Associates Inc. (Abt); and Policy Studies Associates (PSA). Funded by the National Science Foundation in 2008, CADRE provides assistance for projects funded under the NSF/EHR/DRL DR K–12 program. The University of Massachusetts Donahue Institute’s Applied Research and Program Evaluation group provides evaluation services to the project. A comprehensive evaluation plan details the scope of the evaluation, which is designed to address the formative and summative information needs of CADRE partners and the NSF. This report presents the results of one research activity: a web-based survey of participants in the CADRE Fellowship program during the 2013–2014 year.
Begun in 2009, the CADRE Fellowship is a capacity-building experience for early-career researchers and developers. The program is designed to provide exposure to STEM education research and researchers working beyond the Fellow’s particular project and institution, as well as networking with colleagues from across the country. The program also gives Fellows an opportunity to gain insights into NSF, and what it takes to be successful and effective in STEM education research.
The survey, which was administered in June 2014, solicits participants’ feedback on the strengths of the program as well as recommended modifications. Ten out of ten possible respondents completed the survey, for a 100% response rate.