3 Steps for Building & Evaluating Successful Contemplative Programs

Posted on May 15, 2015

3 Steps for Building & Evaluating Successful Contemplative Programs

A Webinar with B Grace Bullock, PhD & Sara Kraemer, PhD of the International Science & Education Alliance
Originally broadcast Tuesday, June 9th, 2015, 3:00 – 4:00pm ET

Watch the Video Recording | Download the Slides (.pdf)


Are you developing a contemplative curriculum or pedagogical approach for your classroom, or implementing a new or established program at your institution? Do you find yourself focusing more on what you are teaching, but less on why the change that you are implementing is important or how to evaluate your intended outcomes? This webinar is designed for anyone interested in discovering the 3 essential steps for developing, implementing and evaluating sustainable contemplative programs and pedagogical approaches in the classroom or educational community. We will explore simple tools that allow you to examine why your program or approach is necessary and important, what your program’s core components are, and how to evaluate your desired outcomes so that you can communicate the benefits of your work to students, colleagues, and your academic community.

About the Presenters:

Grace BullockDr. B Grace Bullock
is the Founding Director and Principal Research and Program Evaluation Consultant at the International Science & Education Alliance. She is a scientist-practitioner, educator, program evaluator, speaker and author who integrates evidence-based intervention with contemplative practices in her research, teaching and clinical work. Grace’s mission is to facilitate partnership building in research and program evaluation to support programmatic diversity and scientific integrity, and promote effective leadership, decision-making and social change. She has a diverse portfolio of research, methodological and measurement consultancy work, providing advising on numerous program evaluation and implementation studies at the University of California at Los Angeles, University of Pittsburgh, Arizona State University, Oregon Research Institute, and Passageworks among others. She worked as an Intervention Scientist at the University of Oregon Child and Family Center and Institute of Neuroscience for over a decade, where she served as co-Investigator on two, NIDA-funded longitudinal prevention trials. More recently she was Senior Research Scientist for the Ethics, Education and Human Development Initiative at the Mind & Life Institute.

Dr. Bullock specializes in the development and psychometric validation of innovative, quantitative, qualitative and mixed-methods assessment strategies for clinical, organizational/leadership, education and mindfulness-oriented research. She has developed several observational and narrative coding schemes including the widely published and employed Family Affective Attitude Rating Scale (FAARS). She is currently modifying the FAARS for use in educational program evaluation and leadership studies. Dr. Bullock is the Contributing Editor for Science & Research at YogaU Online, former Editor in Chief of the International Journal of Yoga Therapy, and recipient of the Francisco Varela Research Award from the Mind & Life Institute. www.isaea.com

Sara KraemerDr. Sara Kraemer is a researcher, educator, and evaluator working in K-12 and higher education systems. Her innovative approach to research and evaluation stems from her scientific background in Industrial and Systems Engineering, where she brings user-centric methodologies and frameworks to the educational arena. This comprehensive approach integrates the technical aspects of educational systems (e.g., educational technologies, outcomes-based data, and data analytics) with social and organizational functions (e.g., collaboration strategies, team-based designs, inclusive pedagogy). This integration yields powerful data-based insights to support the people who work, teach, and learn in educational systems. Dr. Kraemer is a researcher and evaluator at the Learning through Evaluation, Adaptation, and Dissemination (LEAD) Center at the Wisconsin Center for Education Research at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Dr. Kraemer is also the founder and owner of Blueprint for Education, a consultancy whose mission is to advance teaching and learning at every level of the education enterprise through a holistic, systems-based approach. Her research and evaluation projects have included impact studies of teacher union-district administration collaboration in K-12 schools, technology-enhanced college classrooms, interdisciplinary scientific collaborations, and data-based decision-making of K-12 teachers. Her current evaluation and research interests include the intelligent and intentional use of evaluation to enhance the effectiveness of contemplative pedagogical practices, policies, and programs. She is currently collaborating as a consultant with the International Science & Education Alliance on a variety of evaluation projects.



  1. We are developing a new adult learning programme and have done some in-house subjective wellbeing tests at the programme trials and are looking to build on this approach.

    • Dear Linda,
      Please let us know if we can assist you in any way as you explore this approach.

      Be well,

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