Evaluation of the "Engineer Your Life" Initiative


  • Christine Andrews Paulsen Concord Evaluation Group, LLC
  • Chris P. Bransfield Concord Evaluation Group, LLC
  • Thea Sahr WGBH


gender, engineering, impact evaluation


The Engineer Your Life (EYL) project is a national initiative to encourage college-bound young women to consider pursuing a degree and a career in engineering.& The project aims to communicate to young women the societal value and rewards of being an engineer, rather than the traditional emphasis on the process of becoming an engineer.& Target audiences include academically prepared high school girls, career counselors, and professional engineers.& Evaluation data were collected in Year 1 and Year 2 of the EYL initiative to assess its impact. &We found that young women were especially interested in engineering when they had a fuller understanding of the skills that are required to be a successful engineer–skills that are not traditionally associated with the field, such as writing and people skills, imagination and creativity.& We also found evidence that the EYL initiative has had a significant and positive impact on members of its target population who have used EYL resources.&



Author Biographies

  • Christine Andrews Paulsen, Concord Evaluation Group, LLC
    Owner and Principal Research Scientist
  • Chris P. Bransfield, Concord Evaluation Group, LLC
    Project Manager
  • Thea Sahr, WGBH
    Associate Director, Educational Outreach
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Evaluation of the "Engineer Your Life" Initiative. (2010). International Journal of Gender, Science and Technology, 2(2). https://genderandset.open.ac.uk/index.php/genderandset/article/view/35