The broad purpose of the qualitative data gathering effort was to assess the impact of the WISEST initiative across the STEM departments from the perspective of the three key stakeholder groups: STEM women faculty, Heads of the STEM Departments, and the WISEST facilitators Additionally, the qualitative evaluation was conducted to gain a broad understanding of the ways in which WISEST initiatives and policies are perceived, implemented, and practiced at the local levels of individual STEM departments.
At the end of year one the qualitative data served as a needs assessment of the WISEST efforts, identified issues that needed to be addressed and modifications that needed to be made to specific program initiatives. Interviews were conducted with STEM women faculty and Heads of the Stem Departments. WISEST facilitators participated in focus groups.
At the end of year three the qualitative data collection serves as a mid-grant assessment of the WISEST program, identifies the successes and failures of the program, and provides perspectives on changes that have come about as a result of the WISEST program. Interviews were conducted with STEM women faculty and department facilitators will receive an online survey. The perspectives of Heads of Stem Departments will also be solicited.
Qualitative Assessment of Postdoctoral Fellowship Program
The purpose of the qualitative evaluation of the WISEST postdoctoral fellowship program was to get a baseline assessment of the needs and expectations of the WISEST postdoctoral fellows.
Follow up interviews were conducted with the WISEST postdoctoral fellows at the end of their second year of the program to assess their experiences and to discuss strengths and weaknesses of the program. Additionally, an online survey of WISEST postdoctoral mentors was also conducted to assess this component of the program.