Outcomes Initiative

The field of interpreting has long accepted the notion of a “gap” between the extent and quality of interpreting competencies achieved by students completing interpreter education programs (IEPs), and the level of competencies they need to enter the workforce as qualified, competent practitioners. The long-term goal of the Outcomes Initiative is to investigate the extent and nature of the “gap,” factors that cause it, and potential approaches for addressing it.

In its earliest stages, the Outcomes Project convened a small group of interpreting educators and researchers who had expressed interest in the project. This group met to explore the exit competencies of recent graduates from three of the participants’ programs. These recent graduates interpreted stimulus materials to be used in the development of assessment rubrics by the group.

From this initial meeting, a variety of avenues, projects, and investigations have emerged. Building on the results of this initial meeting, the participants will continue to meet, with the goal of developing and expanding the work to more programs and a broader range of factors. Progress and findings will be reported and disseminated to the field.

The Outcomes Project is a collaborative project. The initial meetings were sponsored by TIEM’s National Center, with additional support from Northeastern University, the University of Southern Maine, University of New Hampshire, the CATIE Center, NTID, and Eastern Kentucky University.




Collaborating Members:

Betsy Winston, TIEM Center; Laurence Hayes, Eastern Kentucky University; Jack Hoza, University of New Hampshire at Manchester; Judy Kegl, University of Southern Maine; Christine Monikowski, NTID; Rico Peterson, Northeastern University; Laurie Swabey, CATIE Center at St. Catherine University; Dennis Cokely, Northeastern University