Front-End Evaluation of Ironbound Films Informal Science Education Project: The Change

June 13th, 2012 | EVALUATION

The Anthropologist examines climate change like no other film before. The fate of the planet is considered from the perspective of American teenager Katie Crate. Over the course of five years, she travels alongside her mother Susie, an anthropologist studying the impact of climate change on indigenous communities. Their journey parallels that of renowned anthropologist Margaret Mead, who for decades sought to understand how global change affects remote cultures.

From January 2012 to May 2012, SmartStart Educational Consulting Services conducted a front-end evaluation of the documentary film The Change, in production by Ironbound Films, Inc. The focus of this front-end evaluation is to offer an informed analysis inferred from the data collected in order to improve film production and increase decision-making capacity so as to ensure the film and film maker’s success in meeting established goals and objectives.

Appendix includes focus group protocol.



Team Members

Seth Kramer, Co-Principal Investigator, Ironbound Films
Lisa Kohne, Evaluator, SmartStart Educational Consulting Services


Funding Source: NSF
Award Number: 1114686
Funding Amount: 818,760

Related URLs

The Change (The Anthropologist)


Access and Inclusion: Ethnic | Racial | Indigenous and Tribal Communities | Pacific Islander Communities
Audience: General Public | Museum | ISE Professionals | Scientists
Discipline: Climate | History | policy | law | Social science and psychology
Resource Type: Evaluation Reports | Front-End | Research and Evaluation Instruments | Survey
Environment Type: Broadcast Media | Media and Technology