Measuring Program Impact and Results
IIE is committed to measuring the impact and outcomes of our programs at the individual, institutional and environmental levels. The examples on this page include programs supported by the U.S. Department of State, USAID, the Government of Brazil, Cargill, and a combination of public and private funds. They illustrate our strategy of continuously evaluating both the benefits that program activities provide to participants and the objectives that the programs are designed to achieve. To measure these outcomes, IIE engages in a number of qualitative and quantitative methods of program evaluation, including surveys, comparative case studies, interviews, focus groups and observations.
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Our goals for 2014
- Expand student and scholar mobility and the number of individuals worldwide who participate in international education.
- Connect talented individuals with opportunities for higher education, training and internships by expanding our work with governments, foundations and corporations worldwide.
- Provide continued excellence and innovation to the administration of exchange and training programs supported by our sponsors.
- Develop new opportunities and IIE Initiatives that advance our core mission, strengthen the IIE brand, and respond to global academic challenges.
- Support our staff so that they can have a productive and rewarding career at the Institute, while growing personally and professionally.
How we did on our goals for 2013:
Goal: Expand student and scholar mobility and the number of individuals worldwide who participate in international education.
- 30,000 individuals were supported by IIE’s programs, a 3.6% increase from the previous year (28,942).
- 5,325 international students placed by IIE in undergraduate and graduate programs in the U.S.
- Over 5,300 U.S. students studied abroad on IIE-administered grants
- 1,863 Teachers Participated in IIE-managed teacher programs around the world
- 300 companies across the United States partnered with IIE to host summer internships for Brazilian students as part of the Brazil Scientific Mobility Program
- Individuals who participated in IIE programs were 53% Female, 47% Male
- 35% of Gilman Scholarship recipients were first-generation college students and 83% were the first in their family to study abroad
Goal: Develop new opportunities and IIE Initiatives that advance our core mission, strengthen the IIE brand, and respond to global academic challenges.
- IIE partnered with the Maternal Health Task Force, which is the flagship project of the Women’s Health Initiative at the Harvard School of Public Health, to administer the Maternal Health Young Champions Program. The program enabled the young champions with an opportunity to bring about fundamental changes in their local communities through projects related to maternal health care.
- Through collaboration between IIE and Brazilian sponsor, CAPES, IIE designed and administered the Brazil English Teachers Program which will provide the means for 1,080 teachers to visit the United States for an intensive English language and teacher training program over the next three years.
- IIE launched the Hilton HHonors Teacher Treks with Teacher Treks Travel Grant Competition to fund 15 teachers to travel and experience first-hand the subject they teach, enriching their curriculum and inspiring students to explore the world.
- IIE was selected by The Alcoa Foundation to manage a $1.25 million internship program for 500 students in eight countries over the next two years. The program will provide unemployed youth with the experience to start a successful career in manufacturing.
- The Institute of International Education has selected the first 100 students to take part in a new pilot program to provide girls in Ethiopia with access to university. IIE’s new Higher Education Readiness Program (HER) will provide girls entering 11th grade in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, with scholarship support combined with innovative leadership and life skills training to help them complete their secondary education and equip them with the tools they need to continue to university.
- “Latin America’s New Knowledge Economy: Higher Education, Government and International Collaboration” was published by IIE and the American Institute for Foreign Study (AIFS). It serves to review the policies, institutions, and programs that have helped bring about major changes in higher education for Latin America.
- “Women in the Global Economy: Leading Social Change” was published by IIE and AIFS. It assesses a broad range of issues concerning women in the global economy, including their contributions and impact around the world as agents of social change, as well as obstacles they continue to face.
- IIE and AIFS published, “A Student Guide to Study Abroad” which offers comprehensive study abroad advice to students. It provides students with a competitive advantage and cross-cultural competence that paves the way for a world of career opportunities in the global economy.
- IIE launched a new Emergency Student Fund (ESF) to assist students from Iran on U.S. campuses with urgent financial need due to the currency devaluation in their home country.
- IIE with support from the Freeman Foundation, created an Emergency Student Fund (ESF) to help students from the Philippines on U.S. campuses whose home country support has been devastated by the recent Typhoon Haiyan.
Goal: Provide continued excellence and innovation to the administration of exchange and training programs supported by the U.S. Government.
- More than 1,200 first-year Fulbright foreign students from over 80 countries, studying at hundreds of U.S. colleges and universities, participated in one of nine enrichment seminars in cities across the United States between December 2012 and May 2013, hosted by the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Students gained a better understanding of contemporary U.S. life and culture, policy formulation, and public attitudes on issues of national and global importance. Fulbright Foreign Students also donated their time and skills to assist a variety of local organizations through community service projects involving neighborhood revitalization.
- IIE proudly continues to administer the Fulbright Program on behalf of the U.S. Department of State. In December, the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and the National Geographic Society announced a partnership to launch the inaugural Fulbright-National Geographic Digital Storytelling Fellowship. Administered by IIE, this new component of the Fulbright Program will enable awardees to create multi-media stories on globally significant social or environmental topics including biodiversity, cities, climate change, cultures, energy, food, oceans and water.
- The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and mtvU, MTV’s 24-hour college network, announced a line-up of musical artists who reviewed and helped nominate candidates for the 2013-2014 Fulbright-mtvU Fellowships. Musical artists included Imagine Dragons, Rita Ora and Steve Aoki. The Fellowships, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, and administered by the Institute of International Education, were established to promote the “power of music” as a global force for mutual understanding.
Goal: Expand our work with governments, foundations, and corporations worldwide to connect talented individuals with opportunities for higher education, training and internships.
- IIE is partnering with the Government of Brazil on the Brazil Scientific Mobility Program which seeks to send 100,000 students overseas for science education and training, including 20,000 to the United States. More than 300 companies across the United States hosted summer internships for Brazilian students as part of the Brazil Scientific Mobility Program. These scholarships are specifically targeted to produce a workforce that is trained in STEM fields and has the language and cultural skills needed to succeed in the workplace.
- The U.S. mission in Brazil plans to open two new consulates in Porto Alegre and Belo Horizonte. The PDPI Program (Programa de Desenvolvimento Profissional para Professores de Língua Inglesa nos EUA) that sends cohorts of basic education teachers to the U.S. for short-term professional and English language training has expanded from under 50 participants to an anticipated 1080 in 2014.
- IIE, in conjunction with leaders from twelve higher education institutions in the U.S. and Indonesia, launched the U.S.-Indonesia Partnership Program for Study Abroad Capacity (USIPP) Consortium. It will aim to increase student mobility in both directions, facilitate the formation of mutually beneficial academic partnerships between U.S. and Indonesian institutions, and to generally increase all academic collaboration between the two countries.
- IIE launched a pilot course in Myanmar, “Connecting with the World: International Relations at Higher Education Institutions.” The course aims to familiarize university and Ministry representatives in Myanmar with an overview of how to establish an international office, and the role an international office can play in linking with other institutions, establishing an international presence, and achieving other institutional goals.
- IIE led eight U.S. higher education representatives on a partnership-focused study tour to India to learn more about the Indian higher education system and explore potential partnership opportunities as part of the International Academic Partnership Program (IAPP) focusing on India.
- Five U.S. universities were selected by IIE to participate in the 2013 - 2014 International Academic Partnership Program (IAPP) focusing on Vietnam. International education professionals at each of these institutions will participate in a series of training activities arranged by IIE to help them develop their strategy and implement and sustain partnerships with counterparts in Vietnam.
Goal: Support our staff so that they can have a productive and rewarding career at the Institute, while growing personally and professionally; and expand the development and training opportunities available through IIE’s Leadership Academy.
- 9 Traveling Fellowship Awards (previously referred to as ILOA) and 2 Leadership Development Fellowships were given out in FY13
- 101 staff participated in training opportunities in FY13
- 60 staff participated in IIE’s Tuition Reimbursement Program in FY13
- 135 new hires were brought onboard globally in FY13 (107 within the US)
IIE has created a competency model, that pinpoints the main ingredients needed to help team members to enhance their own capabilities and ongoing success at the Institute. The Model was developed with input from all IIE staff, regional and overseas, across programs and specialties, levels and divisions. The model consists of four main areas of competencies, that have been identified as key to achievement and growth at IIE: Core, Manages people, Adapts, and Leads.