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  • Evaluation of 2016 Centennial BioBlitzes Outcomes for Participants and National Parks
    Date: 04/02/2017
    Resource Category: Evaluation Reports
    In 2016, more than 120 National Park Service (NPS) units conducted BioBlitzes, supported by a collaboration between The National Geographic Society and the National Park Service. The Lawrence Hall of Science conducted an evaluation of participant and park outcomes at the cornerstone BioBlitz throughout the National Capital region, at the large ( ... »
  • Formative, Remedial and Summative Evaluations of My Sky
    Date: 12/31/2015
    Resource Category: Evaluation Reports
    My Sky is a NASA funded project, which developed a traveling exhibition on astronomy. Boston Children’s Museum (BCM) created the exhibition in collaboration with the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory (SAO). Formative and remedial evaluations were conducted at BCM while the summative evaluation took place at the first two venues following BCM: ... »
  • Life on Earth Evaluation Report
    Date: 06/08/2015
    Resource Category: Summative
    Life on Earth is interactive software installed as a museum touchtable exhibit that uses data about over seventy thousand (70,000) species from several databases to help visitors explore and deepen their understanding of biodiversity, evolution and common ancestry, and the history of life on earth (DeepTree/ FloTree). Some installations also ... »
  • Tornado Alley Giant Screen Film Summative Evaluation
    Date: 04/06/2015
    Resource Category: Summative
    Tornado Alley is a giant screen adventure that follows renegade filmmaker Sean Casey and the scientists of VORTEX2, the largest tornado research project ever assembled, on their epic missions to encounter one of Earth’s most awe-inspiring events: the birth of a tornado. Program components included the giant screen film; a Web site; educators’ ... »
  • OMCA Evaluation Instruments Samples
    Date: 09/02/2014
    Resource Category: Research and Evaluation Instruments
    These are samples of observation/interview testing instruments that were used in front end studies with recruited visitors to experience habitat case "interventions" such as guide cards and question prompts; and understanding concepts for a digital interactive. ... »
  • Gigapixel Image Environments for Science Communication & Learning: Stories in the Rock Summative Evaluation Report
    Date: 02/01/2014
    Resource Category: Summative
    Rockman et al (REA), in partnership with Marti Louw and the University of Pittsburgh Center for Learning in Out-of-School Environments (UPCLOSE), conducted a summative evaluation in Fall 2012-Spring 2013 of a temporary museum exhibition at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History (CMNH) in Pittsburgh, PA called, Stories in the Rock. The exhibition ... »
  • ResearchLink Summative Evaluation Report
    Date: 10/01/2013
    Resource Category: Summative
    The National Science Foundation (NSF) awarded funding to the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) and Portland State University (PSU) in Portland, Oregon to support a “Connecting Researchers and Public Audiences” (CRPA) project titled ResearchLink: Spotlight on Solar Technologies. The primary goals of CRPA projects are to communicate to ... »
  • Getting a Sense for the Place: Visitor Use of and Reaction to the Underwater Dome Exhibit
    Date: 07/07/2013
    Resource Category: Summative
    This report details a nine-month summative evaluation of the Underwater Dome Exhibit at the Seattle Aquarium. The study was undertaken to inform the Aquarium's development of short- term, cost-effective updates to improve visitor satisfaction and experience in the dome. The study sought to develop a baseline understanding of how visitors use and ... »
  • Plastics Unwrapped: A Summative for the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture
    Date: 06/24/2013
    Resource Category: Summative
    This summative evaluation study examines visitors' experiences of the "Plastics Unwrapped" exhibit at the Burke Museum of Natural History, Seattle, WA. The exhibit explores the complicated legacy of plastic, and the ways in which it has improved life, but not without serious impact on people and the environment. Within a framework of four ... »
  • Science on the Sphere: Formative Evaluation for Pacific Science Center
    Date: 06/11/2013
    Resource Category: Formative
    This evaluation examines visitor engagement at the “Science On a Sphere” (SOS) exhibit at Pacific Science Center, Seattle, WA. Evaluators varied characteristics of the data presentation—such as topic presented, presence of a question prompt, and image rotation—and measured the resulting visitor engagement for each of the different treatments. ... »

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