SHPE Foundation

Important News and Announcements

September 07, 2013

Evaluation - Request for Proposals


The Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers has a 35+ year legacy of implementing science, engineering, technology and math (STEM) related programs that inspire Hispanics to fulfill their potential. SHPE Foundation works tirelessly to develop educational enrichment and academic outreach initiatives for Hispanic youth. SHPE Foundation programs focus on mentoring and tutoring, networking opportunities, and educational outreach activities.


Noches de Ciencias (Science Nights) are events hosted by SHPE student and professional Chapters in communities around the United States. Through hands-on activities, workshops, and panel presentations, Hispanic middle school and high school students and their parents learn about STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) and the educational and career opportunities that exist in STEM-related fields.


The SHPE Jr. Chapter Program consists of SHPE student and professional Chapters establishing and sustaining Jr. Chapters in partnership with middle and high schools in their local communities. Jr. Chapter members meet regularly to participate in university tours, conduct hands-on STEM activities, receive tutoring and mentoring, and volunteer at Noches de Ciencias events.


The Pre-College Symposium is a full day college and career awareness event for middle and high school students at SHPE’s National Conference every year. Over 800 participants attend workshops on financial aid, SAT/ACT test prep, college options, and introductions to STEM careers. The Pre-College Symposium also includes a university campus tour and a College Fair, in which students have the opportunity to meet over 30 colleges and universities and learn about scholarship program opportunities.


SHPE Foundation has received financial support from NAVSEA (Naval Sea Systems Command) for 100 Noches de Ciencias, 100 Jr. Chapters, and the Pre-College Symposium in Fall 2013.


SHPE Foundation seeks a consultant to assist with the evaluation of its Noches de Ciencias, Pre-College Symposium, and Jr. Chapter Programs. This includes implementing methodologies and processes for data collection, analysis, and reporting, as well as methods for effectively evaluating programs and calculating return on investment for chosen programs.


Scope and Guidelines


The evaluation consultant will create survey tools, compile data collected, and summarize findings. Survey questions should specifically assess students’ and parents’ knowledge, attitudes, and continuation with STEM. Foundation program staff will work with consultant to create content-specific questions.


Evaluation needs include:


  • Noches de Ciencias: pre-and post-evaluation of the overall event and its main components, two hands-on student activities and two parent workshops.
  • Jr. Chapter Program: evaluation of both new and existing Jr. Chapter members/participants at the beginning and end of the academic year.
  • Pre-College Symposium pre and post evaluation of the overall event and its contents


Timeline and Deliverable Due Dates


September 2013 – May 2014

Jr. Chapters meet throughout the academic year

September 15 – October 31, 2013

Noches de Ciencias take place

Monday, September 16, 2013

Noches de Ciencias survey tools and instructions are completed and ready for distribution to chapters


Monday, September 23, 2013

Jr. Chapter survey tools and instructions are completed and ready for distribution to chapters

October 30 – November 3, 2013

Pre-College Symposium held

Monday, October 7, 2013

Pre-College Symposium survey tools and instructions are completed and ready for use

Monday, November 18, 2013

Noches de Ciencias Evaluation Summary Report due to SHPE Foundation

Monday, December 2, 2013

Pre-College Symposium Evaluation Summary Report due to SHPE Foundation

March 2013 (exact date TBD)

Jr. Chapter Evaluation Summary Report due to SHPE Foundation




The total budget available for the above outlined work is $8,000.


How to Submit a Proposal


If interested, please submit the following information via email to The deadline for submission is 5 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on Monday, September 9, 2013, at 5 p.m. Eastern Standard Time:


  • Copy of your resume that demonstrates your qualifications
  • Samples of relevant work products
  • Estimate of hours needed to complete deliverables
  • Hourly fee for services


If you have any questions, please contact Stacie Freasier at or 202-997-8309.