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NASA Education Program

NASA's Education program works to: foster a science, technology, engineering, and math workforce in fields that support NASA's strategic goals; attract students to the disciplines through a progression of education opportunities; and build strategic partnerships between formal and informal education providers.


What This Rating Means

Moderately Effective

In general, a program rated Moderately Effective has set ambitious goals and is well-managed. Moderately Effective programs likely need to improve their efficiency or address other problems in the programs' design or management in order to achieve better results.
  • NASA has taken several steps to improve the Education program's potential to strengthen and measure its performance. For instance, the agency developed a new education framework and implementation plan as well as new metrics by which to evaluate the program's achievement of intended outcomes.
  • The program has made considerable progress in focusing the program's plans on achieving meaningful outcomes. The program has established baseline performance standards and has begun to collect and report some performance data against its new metrics.
  • The program has developed a solid plan and set aside resrouces to conduct independent evaluations of the portfolio's effectiveness and efficiency; now the program must implement that plan.

Improvement Plan

About Improvement Plans

We are taking the following actions to improve the performance of the program:

  • Expanding the scope of the performance data reported against the program's metrics such that the program measures and reports the majority of its portfolio's performance.
  • Conducting independent evaluations to assess the program's effectiveness and efficiency against the program's established metrics and performance goals and applying resources based on the results.
  • Filling NASA's workforce needs using a stronger effort to consider eligible program participants and facilitate their entry into positions at NASA.

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