Christine Bell


Christine Fabian Bell, M.S., is an Associate Researcher and Evaluator. She began her position with WCER in 2014 where she provides internal and external evaluation services for programming in higher education. Christine is experienced in the evaluation of workshop development processes and evaluating workshop effectiveness, especially in terms of supporting student and faculty training that goes beyond enforcing policy and leads to authentic changes in academic culture and work climate. She has experience with evaluation requirements for NSF, NIH, and HHMI funded programs. She also values going beyond meeting reporting requirements of grant funding in order to sincerely support the development of programs and the human lives that are affected and contribute to broader research impacts. Christine uses mixed methods with a focus on qualitative methods for evaluating programs related to women in STEM, workshops for faculty, staff, and students, STEM training programs, and more. She has bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Sociology and Rural Studies from South Dakota State University.


Work with Christine:

  • Christine collaborates with program leadership and developers to write evaluation plans for grant proposals.
  • Christine builds logic models, theory of change models, and designs evaluation plans aligned with a project’s specific aims and objectives to improve learning in higher education and other institutions.
  • Christine supports continuous learning and improvement of programs by providing formative evaluation and feedback about progress toward goals and making useful adaptations during program implementation.
  • Christine collects and analyzes data to assess the efficacy of programs and provides results to leadership and funding agencies.
  • Christine ensures the ethical treatment of human subjects, the confidentiality of data, and the highest standards of practice in evaluation.
  • Christine can help programs disseminate evaluation findings if publication is a goal.

Sample of Current and Past Projects

NSF Funded Evaluations:

  • ADVANCEGeo Partnership & ADVANCEGeo Partnership: Community Interventions
  • NSF ADVANCE, Faculty Success, Colorado State University

NIH Funded Evaluations:

  • UW BIRCWH (Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women’s Health)
  • SCOARE (Scientific Communication Advances Research Excellence) & SCOARE 2.0

Other Nationally Funded Evaluations:

  • HEAL (Humanities Education for Anti-Racist Literacy in STEMM, UW-Madison) Mellon Foundation
  • Proyecto Descubrir, Mount Mary University, Department of Ed Title III.
  • Inclusive Excellence, Mount Mary University, Howard Hughes Medical Institute

Local/UW-Madison Evaluations

  • Department of Medicine, Clinical Faculty Development Mentoring Program
  • Odyssey Project, Division of Continuing Studies, UW-Madison

Selected Publications

Understanding Retrospective Pre-posttests

Dahlstrom EK, Bell C, Chang S, Lee HY, Anderson CB, Pham A, et al. (2022) Translating mentoring interventions research into practice: Evaluation of an evidence-based workshop for research mentors on developing trainees’ scientific communication skills. PLoS ONE 17(2): e0262418.

Marin-Spiota, E., Mattheis, A., Bell, C.F., Maertens, J., Barnes, R.T., Berhe, A.A., Hastings, M.G., Schneider, B., and Williams, B.M. “A critical feminist approach to transform workplace climate in partnership with professional associations.” ADVANCE Journal Accepted 2021.

Sheridan, Jennifer; Eve Fine; Manuela Romero; Carmen Juniper Neimeko; Molly Carnes; Christine Bell; You-Geon Lee; and Casey Stockstill.  2021, in press.  “Improving Department Climate Through Bias Literacy: One College’s Experience.”  Journal of Women and Minorities in Science and Engineering. DOI:  10.1615/JWomenMinorScienEng.2021032729 .

Fine, E., Sheridan, J., Bell, C. F., Carnes, M., Neimeko, C. J., & Romero, M. (2018). Teaching academics about microaggressions: A workshop model adaptable to various audiences. Understanding Interventions Journal, 9(2).

Contact Information
Phone: (608) 890-3725
Office: 551G Ed Sciences

Current Projects

HEAL Project