Conferences & Events

We believe in the power of conferences and events to bring together thought leaders, researchers, educators, and advocates who are passionate about creating a more equitable and inclusive educational landscape. Join us at our upcoming conferences and events to be a part of this transformative journey.

Thursday, March 21, 2024

Unlock the Power of Equitable Program Evaluation

Embark on a transformative journey in this one-day seminar tailored to empower TRIO professionals in mastering the art of program evaluation. Unveiling the Pell Institute’s cutting-edge Toolkit for Equitable Evaluation, this event equips participants with invaluable resources, including practical tips, interactive worksheets, and comprehensive guides to guide and elevate their evaluation endeavors.

Throughout the seminar, discover the essential steps of program evaluation, from crafting a robust plan to collecting and analyzing data, and ultimately leveraging that data to effectively communicate and advocate for program improvements. Whether you’re attending solo or as part of a team, seize the opportunity to sculpt an evaluation plan that transcends standard reporting obligations, prioritizing both program enhancement and tangible student outcomes beyond the Annual Performance Report (APR).

By participating in this seminar, you will:

  • Develop a strategic evaluation plan for your program(s) rooted in an equitable evaluation process.
  • Gain insights into diverse theories, methods, and approaches that can enrich your evaluation practices.
  • Grasp the transformative potential of evaluations in driving program improvement, enhancing student outcomes, and advocacy.

Revolutionize your approach to program evaluation and unlock new avenues for success. Elevate your impact, embrace equity, and chart a course toward meaningful program enhancements.

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Experience the inaugural moments of The Royal Sonesta Washington, D.C. Capitol Hill, located at 20 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington, D.C. 20001. This recently unveiled hotel boasts a striking glass exterior, a remarkable 10-story atrium, and an array of specially commissioned artworks. Situated mere steps from Washington, D.C.’s iconic landmarks such as the White House, the D.C. Monuments, and the Smithsonian, this location provides unparalleled convenience. Indulge in relaxation within luxuriously appointed rooms and suites, adorned in calming color palettes.


Identifying ways to improve outcomes for students who rely on financial aid to pay for college

The Student Financial Aid Research Network (SFARN) 41st annual conference will be held in person on July 10-12, 2024 in Washington, D.C. Connect with a diverse community of professionals, including financial aid administrators, educators, researchers, and industry influencers. Explore groundbreaking studies, best practices, and emerging trends shaping the landscape of student financial aid. The Student Financial Aid Research Network conference provides the ideal platform to forge connections, exchange ideas, and foster collaborations to drive positive change and open doors to new opportunities. Online registration will open soon.

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The Pell Institute is the first research institute to specifically examine the issues affecting educational opportunity for low-income, first-generation, and disabled college students. Learn more about the Pell Institute, including our mission, purpose, goals, and history.


communities of practice

Research, Evaluation and Data Use

This community of practice aims to generate knowledge and evidence about practices that best serve our students. Community members see research, evaluation, and evidence-supported practices as crucial to improving the success of college access and success programs. Members also believe that knowledge, strategies, and techniques developed in the many successful programs around the country should be documented and shared with the larger community of college access and success professionals. Finally, this community hopes to share practical, innovative methods for evaluating the success of each program. Overall, this community of practice functions as a place to facilitate the sharing of ideas, network, and connect institutions in search of ways to support our students’ academic access and success.