ConCiencia Summative Evaluation

February 1st, 2009 | EVALUATION

ConCiencia News was the first Spanish-language news service in the United States focused exclusively on health, science and environmental news, providing free of cost news stories to a diverse array of Hispanic media including 100+ newspapers and magazines, top Hispanic web portals, and almost 150 Spanish-language radio stations. Each news story features original content developed by SRF journalists, and Hispanic researchers are often features to serve as role models for the public. The summative evaluation focused on two primary audiences for the Spanish-language stories: 1) the professional journalists/editors who use these stories, and 2) Spanish-speaking readers of science content in newspapers. Methods included in-depth phone interviews with journalists and focus groups, newspaper surveys and 4 month follow-up telephone interviews with Spanish-speaking newspaper readers (all methods were conducted bilingually in English and Spanish). Limitations, paticularly regarding sampling procedures, are discussed in the full report. Findings indicate that the editors who were aware of and use ConCiencia were satisfied with the content and find the stories to be useful for their readers; they could be even more useful by having a more regional or local focus. For the newspaper readers, when prompted most could recall some specific content, and there was an indication (through self-report) that the stories were impacting their attitudes about a particular topic. Additionally, many of those interviewed said they did talk about the stories to family or friends, and some changed their behaviors in a small way as a result of reading the stories. The appendix of this document includes interview protocols (English and Spanish) and surveys (English and Spanish).



Team Members

Steven Yalowitz, Evaluator, Institute for Learning Innovation
Self Reliance Foundation, Contributor


Funding Source: NSF
Funding Program: ISE/AISL
Award Number: 0540300
Funding Amount: 2267137

Related URLs

Hispanic Science News Service


Access and Inclusion: English Language Learners | Ethnic | Racial | Hispanic | Latinx Communities
Audience: Adults | Evaluators | General Public | Museum | ISE Professionals
Discipline: Ecology | forestry | agriculture | Education and learning science | General STEM | Health and medicine
Resource Type: Evaluation Reports | Interview Protocol | Research and Evaluation Instruments | Summative | Survey
Environment Type: Broadcast Media | Comics | Books | Newspapers | Media and Technology | Websites | Mobile Apps | Online Media

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This material is supported by National Science Foundation award DRL-2229061, with previous support under DRL-1612739, DRL-1842633, DRL-1212803, and DRL-0638981. Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations contained within are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of NSF.

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