Effectiveness of the CareerWISE Resource
To test the effectiveness of CareerWISE I, the psychological education curriculum, a nationwide Randomized Controlled Trial (RCT) was performed in 2009-2010. Results from the trial indicated that when compared to research participants who were not given access to the resource, participants who had access to the CareerWISE site for five hours showed statistically significant advantages in self-assessed CareerWISE-related competencies, resilience, and confidence. These and other findings from the RCT provide strong evidence of the effectiveness of the resource. Details of the study and results of the RCT can be found in the Journal of Women and Minorities in Science and Engineering.
In the second phase of resource development, the content was broadened to include in-depth training in interpersonal communication skills. An applied component allows users to practice techniques associated with specific interpersonal communication skills using an interactive live actorbased simulated learning environment. A second nationwide Randomized Controlled Trial was conducted in 2013 to test the effectiveness of the interpersonal communication skills training curriculum. Similar to the findings of the first RCT, preliminary results indicate that participants who had three hours of access to the CareerWISE interpersonal communication training showed statistically significant improvement in perceived knowledge, coping self efficacy, and ability to apply interpersonal communication skills when compared to research participants who were not given access to the resource. These and other results are delineated in forthcoming papers.