Evaluating the Defense STEM Education Consortium (DSEC)

Defense STEM Education Consortium (DSEC)

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AIR is the evaluation partner for the Defense STEM Education Consortium (DSEC), a collaborative partnership between academia, industry, not-for-profit organizations, and government that aims to broaden STEM literacy and develop a diverse and agile workforce to power the U.S. innovative defense infrastructure.  Aligned to the 2018 Federal STEM Education Strategic Plan and the 2021 DoD STEM Strategic Plan, DSEC seeks to inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers through investments in STEM enrichment programs for students and educators, STEM workforce engagement, program evaluation, and public outreach.  

AIR’s work on DSEC is driven by four goals: 

  • Develop priority questions and evaluation agendas in collaboration with the DoD STEM and consortium members. 
  • Improve data availability, consistency, and quality for DoD STEM programs. 
  • Generate new evidence about DoD STEM programs. 
  • Support learning and continuous improvement throughout the consortium.