Final Evaluation Report: Bridging the Gap

October 1st, 2015 | EVALUATION

This report details a four-month snapshot summative evaluation of the Bridging the Gap (BTG) program at the Wildlife Conservation Society. A snapshot summative evaluation in this instance means that the evaluation occurred as the program was concluding, but was not intended to evaluate the totality of the three-year program. The study sought to 1) better understand the effect the program had on teen participants' attitudes on any element associated with the program (STEM, careers, college, zoos, etc.); and 3) identify components of the program that were particularly successful or effective. The findings of this evaluation may assist WCS in seeking funding to continue offering Bridging the Gap to New York City teens, and streamlining program efficacy. Data were collected in tw ways. First, feedback was received via an online survey from 84 students and 17 mentors. Second, a WCS evaluator conducted a card-sorting activity and accompanying in-person interviews with 29 students.


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Team Members

Hal Kramer, Evaluator, Wildlife Conservation Society
Brian Johnson, Evaluator, Wildlife Conservation Society


Funding Source: NSF
Funding Program: ITEST
Award Number: 1138685

Related URLs

Full Text
Bridging the Gap: The Effects of A School-To-Career Approach To Promoting Wildlife Science Careers Among Minority Students


Audience: Evaluators | Museum | ISE Professionals | Youth | Teen (up to 17)
Discipline: Ecology | forestry | agriculture | Life science
Resource Type: Evaluation Reports | Summative
Environment Type: Afterschool Programs | Aquarium and Zoo Programs | Public Programs