Project Reporting (

All faculty are required to submit data to the project’s reporting website, ER Core ( Annual reports are generated using the input provided in ER Core. Any information not submitted to ER Core will not be reported to NSF. Data collected includes but is not limited to:

  1. Project participants- faculty, graduate students, undergrads, postdocs, collaborators
  2. Publications related to the project
  3. Any additional proposals submitted during the project
  4. Honors and awards to any project participant
  5. Outreach activities
  6. Patents related to the project
  7. Startup companies related to the project
  8. Presentations of project related data
  9. Collaborations with people outside the project or related activities among participants that are not listed in the strategic plan
  10. Other research products including data, databases, software, educational aids, instruments, equipment, etc.

All project participants are also expected to participate in the AR EPSCoR annual conference. Graduate students, postdocs, and faculty participants are expected to participate in the annual retreat. Students will be expected to present their research at least once per year in a poster competition.

The project will be evaluated annually by a panel of external advisors and a contract external evaluator. The two culminating reports will be filed with NSF and the project will be expected to accept any feedback and incorporate changes as suggested.

External Advisory Board Reporting

The External Advisory Boar (EAB) will include researchers from peer and aspirant universities or national labs who serve as technical consultants providing recommendations on research progress and strategic and long-term sustainability planning during annual site visits. The EAB will serve a critical role in the seed grant program as well as in mentoring and commercialization efforts.

External Evaluation Reporting

Success of DART will be evaluated using a comprehensive assessment plan with both quantitative and qualitative methods. The plan includes independent external experts who will monitor progress and regularly review and report on each of the programs to the Project Management Team. The Management Team (MT) will ensure the program components are collecting the data needed by EPSCoR and the external experts to assess and evaluate the impacts and achievements of the award. Report recommendations will be used by the MT during the annual review of the strategic plan.

The evaluation will assess the progress of DART in reducing the fundamental barriers to the application and acceptance of data analytics in using the growing array of tools used in data analytics. These include reducing the barrier to the practical application and finding solutions to:

Evaluator Reports

Year 1 (2020 – 2021)

Year 4 (2023 – 2024)

Year 5 (2024 – 2025)

  1. Big data management,
  2. Security and privacy, and
  3. Model interpretability.

Kirk Minnick, Minnick & Associates, Inc., will oversee the overall project evaluation. Formative data will be collected in a variety of ways. Participant surveys will provide “customer satisfaction” feedback on project activities and will help identify participant needs for future events/activities. Most surveys are administered online through email invitations to participants. Observations by the evaluator are another means by which formative data are collected.