A Framework for Summative Evaluation in Informal Science Education

Date: 
Thursday, January 1, 2015
Resource Type:
Peer-reviewed article | Reference Materials
Environment Type: 
Media and Technology, Public Programs, Professional Development, Conferences, and Networks, Exhibitions, Informal/Formal Connections
Audience: 
Museum/ISE Professionals | Evaluators
Discipline: 
Education and learning science | General STEM | Social science and psychology
Organization:
SK Partners, Stanford University
Description or Abstract: 

Summative evaluation plays a critical role in documenting the impacts of informal science education (ISE), potentially contributing to the ISE knowledge base and informing ongoing improvements in practice and decision-making. In response to the growing demand for capacity-building in ISE evaluation, this paper presents a framework for summative evaluation based on an extensive review of literature and research-based refinements. The framework synthesizes key elements of high-quality summative evaluation into three dimensions: (a) Intervention Rationale, (b) Methodological Rigor and Appropriateness, and (c) Evaluation Uses. Judgment of the value of the intervention (e.g., program, exhibition) should draw upon all three dimensions.

Citation
ISSN:
1934-7715
DOI:
10.1080/10645578.2015.1016363
Publication Name: 
Visitor Studies
Volume: 
18
Number: 
1
Page Number: 
17
Document:

Team Members

Alice FuAuthor
Richard ShavelsonRichard ShavelsonAuthor
Amy KurpiusAmy KurpiusAuthor

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