Education Development Center, Inc. (EDC) is conducting the formative and summative evaluation of the ASCEND project. EDC has extensive experience in educational research and program evaluation, including projects funded by the National Science Foundation aimed at broadening participation in STEM. Ginger Fitzhugh, EDC Senior Research Associate, leads the research and evaluation team, together with Carrie Liston, Research Associate. Fitzhugh has 15 years of experience directing evaluation projects related to STEM equity (e.g., INCLUDES, ADVANCE), higher education initiatives, and educator professional development. Liston has spent more than 15 years doing program evaluation and research in education, including projects related to gender equity in STEM.