Design Squad Global Summative Evaluation Report

December 1st, 2017 | EVALUATION

In 2017, Concord Evaluation Group (CEG) conducted a summative evaluation of Design Squad Global (DSG). DSG is produced and managed by WGBH Educational Foundation. WGBH partnered with FHI 360, a nonprofit human development organizations working in 70 countries, to implement DSG around the globe.

In the DSG program, children in afterschool and school clubs explored engineering through hands-on activities, such as designing and building an emergency shelter or a structure that could withstand an earthquake. Through DSG, children also had the chance to work alongside a partner club from another country. Partner clubs shared their experiences by exchanging design ideas, photos, and videos. DSG's goal was to help children develop their global competency by learning more about each other's cultures, communities, and lives.

DSG strove to provide real-world engineering projects that were meaningful and socially relevant to communities around the world, with the goal of helping children begin to see themselves as young engineers with the power to make a difference. DSG was designed to help children see engineering as a dynamic career path and an achievable goal. To that end, DSG's objective was to help children learn creative problem solving, the design process, science and engineering concepts in context, global competency, and teamwork, listening, and sharing.

This report provides an overview and analysis of CEG's evaluation study designed to assess the degree to which DSG achieved its intended impacts.



Team Members

Christine Paulsen, Evaluator, Concord Evaluation Group
Marisa Wolsky, Principal Investigator, WGBH Educational Foundation
Sonja Latimore, Co-Principal Investigator, WGBH Educational Foundation
Steven Ehrenberg, Contributor, FHI360


Funding Source: NSF
Funding Program: AISL
Award Number: 1422236
Funding Amount: $2,734,997

Funding Source: Private Foundation
Award Number: 13-01177
Funding Amount: $432,322

Related URLs

Design Squad Global


Access and Inclusion: Asian Communities | Black | African American Communities | Ethnic | Racial | Hispanic | Latinx Communities | Low Socioeconomic Status | Pacific Islander Communities | Rural | Urban
Audience: Educators | Teachers | Elementary School Children (6-10) | Evaluators | Learning Researchers | Middle School Children (11-13) | Museum | ISE Professionals | Youth | Teen (up to 17)
Discipline: Education and learning science | Engineering
Resource Type: Evaluation | Evaluation Reports | Observation Protocol | Summative | Survey
Environment Type: Afterschool Programs | K-12 Programs