Evaluation studies in the informal science education field are generally conducted with the aim of measuring whether a project met its goals, identifying areas for improvement, and assessing impact. In many cases, evaluation studies go a step further and serve to advance the field by deriving lessons for funders, policymakers, or practitioners beyond the project. The resources in this section are designed to assist project directors, and evaluators, by referring to reports on past projects to build on prior work and to key resources to learn about integrating and managing evaluation. Evaluation reports found in this section have been contributed by evaluators of informal STEM learning projects.
Wordle representation of DEVISE: Developing, Validating, and Implementing Situated Evaluation Instruments, excerpted from notes from the first Advisory Board Meeting. View project description.
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: Discover what evaluation reports reveal about specific audience segments, education topics, project settings, and other factors that inform your work. Find instruments for evaluating project goal achievement and measuring impacts. Narrow your results with filters for environment type, evaluation type, audience demographics, and content area.
: Share reports from evaluation activities conducted in informal STEM education projects. Posting front-end evaluation reports can help others to understand the needs or prior knowledge of a specific audience, while formative evaluation can provide examples of effective interventions or design method. Summative evaluation reports can play a key role in dissemination and enable others to build on prior work to advance the field.
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Chemistry at the Space-Time Limit Boys and Girls Club Program Summative Evaluation and Final Report
Chemistry at the Space-Time Limit (CaSTL) | University of California, Irvine
Promoting Rigorous Citizen Science: Coastal Observation and Seabird Survey Team (COASST) Evaluation Report on Citizen Impact
University of Washington College of the Environment | Char Associates
Animal Attraction Summative Evaluation
California Academy of Sciences | Independent Visitor Studies Consultant