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  • What Do Families Learn in 6-10 Hours: A Study of Curiosity Machine's Engagement with Families and Communities
    Date: 10/01/2017
    Resource Category: Formative
    This study explored the effect of depth of learning (as measured in hours) on creativity, curiosity, persistence and self-efficacy. We engaged ~900 parents and 900 students across 21 sites in Washington, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, Alabama, Virginia and the United Arab Emirates, in 5-week (10-hr) Curiosity Machine programs. Iridescent trained ... »
  • Summative Evaluation: Inside Out Program
    Date: 10/01/2017
    Resource Category: Summative
    The Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) contracted RK&A to conduct an evaluation of the Inside|Out program, which brings high-quality reproductions of masterpieces from the museum’s collection to outdoor venues throughout Metro Detroit. Specifically, the objectives of this study were to: 1) gauge the impact of Inside|Out on communities; 2) ... »
  • Water For Life: Final Evaluation Report
    Date: 09/22/2017
    Resource Category: Summative
    The Water for Life project has been an effective, and in some cases an essential vehicle for addressing issues around water quality and retention in island settings where water security is an on-going challenge. The focus on local partnerships was a highly valued attribute of the WfL project, and the informal science and conservation education ... »
  • Ruff Family Science Needs Assessment
    Date: 09/01/2017
    Resource Category: Front-End
    Ruff Family Science is an exploratory project funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) that aims to foster joint media engagement and hands-on science exploration among diverse, low-income parents and their 4- to 8-year-old children. Building on the success of the PBS series FETCH! with Ruff Ruffman, the project leverages FETCH’s funny and ... »
  • Techbridge Broad Implementation: 2016-2017 Evaluation Findings from Greater Seattle and Washington, DC (Executive Summary)
    Date: 08/31/2017
    Resource Category: Summative
    Techbridge Girls’ mission is to help girls discover a passion for science, engineering, and technology (SET). In August 2013, Techbridge Girls was awarded a five-year National Science Foundation grant to scale up its afterschool program from the San Francisco Bay Area to multiple new locations around the United States. Techbridge Girls began ... »
  • Techbridge Broad Implementation: 2016-2017 Evaluation Findings from Greater Seattle and Washington, DC
    Date: 08/31/2017
    Resource Category: Summative
    Techbridge Girls’ mission is to help girls discover a passion for science, engineering, and technology (SET). In August 2013, Techbridge Girls was awarded a five-year National Science Foundation grant to scale up its afterschool program from the San Francisco Bay Area to multiple new locations around the United States. Techbridge Girls began ... »
  • Conference Evaluation: Maximizing Collective Impact Through Cross-Sector Partnerships
    Date: 08/31/2017
    Resource Category: Evaluation Reports
    This report presents findings from an evaluation of the Maximizing Collective Impact Through Cross-Sector Partnerships planning meeting conducted by RK&A, Inc. for the National Center for Science and Civic Engagement (NCSCE). The meeting, which took place in March 2017, was funded through the National Science Foundation's Advancing Informal ... »
  • MedLab Final Evaluation Report
    Date: 08/18/2017
    Resource Category: Summative
    This is the final report from the external evaluator of the project that created MedLab, an interactive learning experiences for Chicago area middle and high school students. This external evaluator's final report summarizes the outcomes and impacts of the five-year (2012-2017) funding compared to project objectives. The aim of the project was to ... »
  • National Center for Blind Youth in Science: Accountability Evaluation
    Date: 08/08/2017
    Resource Category: Summative
    As part of a grant from the National Science Foundation, the National Federation of the Blind (NFB) developed, implemented, and evaluated the National Center for Blind Youth in Science (NCBYS), a three-year full-scale development project to increase informal learning opportunities for blind youth in STEM. Through this grant, the NCBYS extended ... »
  • Self Reflected - Summative Evaluation
    Date: 07/31/2017
    Resource Category: Summative
    Merging art and science, "Self Reflected" aims to communicate the incredible complexity of the neural signaling in our brains that makes us who we are. The artists, Dr. Greg Dunn and Dr. Brian Edwards, invented a novel technique called reflective microetching to simulate the microscopic behavior of neurons in the viewer’s brain as they observe ... »

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