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Doing Business As Name:EdLab Group Foundation
  • Karen Peterson
  • (206) 914-9441
  • Rose M Marra
  • Brenda Britsch
Award Date:08/24/2006
Estimated Total Award Amount: $ 1,343,197
Funds Obligated to Date: $ 1,450,912
  • FY 2007=$400,000
  • FY 2008=$478,714
  • FY 2009=$127,086
  • FY 2006=$337,397
  • FY 2010=$107,715
Start Date:08/15/2006
End Date:07/31/2012
Transaction Type:Grant
Awarding Agency Code:4900
Funding Agency Code:4900
CFDA Number:47.076
Primary Program Source:040106 NSF Education & Human Resource
Award Title or Description:GSE/EXT: National Girls Collaborative Project: Advancing the Agenda in Gender Equity for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics
Federal Award ID Number:0631789
DUNS ID:158484738
Parent DUNS ID:158484738
Program Officer:
  • Jolene Jesse
  • (703) 292-7303

Awardee Location

Street:3500-188th St. SW
Awardee Cong. District:02

Primary Place of Performance

Organization Name:EdLab Group Foundation
Street:3500-188th St. SW
Cong. District:02

Abstract at Time of Award

This extension service project involves extending and focusing a collaborative model of networking girl-serving projects, organizations and institutions, in order to increase their capacity for continuation of activities and/or reaching a broader community. Collaboration, as an interactive process, enables professionals across projects and communities to generate and carry out creative solutions and strategies that maximize benefit beyond that which one project or community could accomplish alone. It is the intent of the expanded National Girls Collaborative Project to disseminate research-based best practices in informal learning environments and assessments and evaluation that would further advance the work of existing and evolving girl-serving projects and provide a forum to share results. The goals of this extension project are to: 1. Maximize access to shared resources within projects and with public and private sector organizations and institutions interested in expanding girls' participation in STEM. 2. Strengthen capacity of existing and evolving projects by sharing best practice research and program models, outcomes and products. 3. Use the leverage of a network or collaboration of individual girl-serving STEM programs to create the tipping point for gender equity in STEM. The intellectual merit of this project lies in the use of the collaborative model to deliver research-based best practices to practitioners as well as the creation of a system for communicating implementation data to create a dialogue among practitioners and between researchers and practitioners. The broader impact of this project is demonstrated by the combination of networks, organizations, educational institutions and community-based organizations engaging in structured activities designed to increase organizational capacity. Although there have been hundreds of girl-serving STEM projects and targeted strategies to close the gender gap in STEM, we may have not yet reached the tipping point that transforms these individual efforts into systemic, nation-wide change.

Publications Produced as a Result of this Research

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Marra, R.M., Peterson, K., and Britsch, B. "Collaboration as a Means to Building Capacity: Results and Future Directions of the National Girls Collaborative Project" Journal of Women and Minorities in Science and Engineering, v.14, 2008, p.119.

Project Outcomes Report


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Throughout the United States, numerous programs and initiatives have focused on increasing gender equity in science, technology,
engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields, but many of these programs and their staff are isolated from others doing similar work and do not benefit from sharing resources or research-based strategies, as is necessary to make large-scale impact. The National Girls Collaborative Project (NGCP) addressed these issues by bringing together girl-serving STEM organizations, K-12 and higher education, professional organizations, and industry to provide more effective opportunities for girls in STEM.

The NGCP model includes in-person and online professional development events, mini-grants as an incentive for collaborative projects, and dissemination of research-based strategies, content and resources via an interactive website that includes a Program Directory, live and archived webinars, and resources and links to relevant content. Project activities were designed to facilitate connections between organizations, improve access to research-based strategies, and encourage participating projects to more efficiently use resources.

The NGCP established a network of 19 Regional Collaboratives, serving 30 states, who serve as leaders in their regions, bringing together organizations committed to encouraging girls in STEM, facilitating collaboration between organizations, and disseminating high-quality resources. Through regional and national efforts, we estimate 5,648,102 girls are served indirectly through the NGCP model.

Regional Collaboratives served 4,688 practitioners across the United States through in-person events. Participants who attend NGCP professional development events reported following up with other participants, applying what they learned, and increasing their awareness of and level of collaboration with other programs. Regional Collaboratives also provided
214 mini-grants, which served over 17,000 girls, to organizations collaborating on a STEM project for girls in their region. Sixty-seven percent of mini-grant recipients reported they will continue their mini-grant project post-funding and 73% of partners indicated that collaboration with their partner has extended to other activities. Effective collaborations utilized the strengths of both partners and most partners planned activities together and shared resources, participants and/or locations.

A key component of the NGCP is the Program Directory, an online database that includes information about organizations working to increase the representation of girls and women in STEM. At the end of this grant, there were over 2600 programs listed in the Program Directory, representing over 5 million girls. The Program Directory is unique in that it includes basic information about the organizations and programs, as well as their needs and resources, providing the opportunity to search for potential collaborators. Benefits reported for practitioners and organizations in the Program Directory
include increased opportunities for networking and collaboration, increased
exposure for their program, and access to mini-grant funding.

Research-based strategies related to informal learning and evaluation and assessment, specifically targeted at girl-serving STEM organizations and programs, were disseminated via the NGCP website, NGCP
webcasts, and in-person Regional Collaborative events. Research-based strategies refer to strategies, practices, curricula, and resources that have research and/or evaluation data to support their effectiveness. NGCP participants reported a significant increase in knowledge of research-based strategies, especially if they had attended an in-person event, webcast, or received a mini-grant.

The website for NGCP includes a collection of valuable resources related to informal learning and evaluation a...

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