The Really Big Questions Evaluation Report

January 1st, 2011 | EVALUATION

Listeners to The Really Big Questions (TRBQ) were asked to complete an online survey about their thoughts and experience with the program. Those interviewed cited that they valued the depth and thoughtfulness of the TRBQ programs and said they would like to see more programming produced. When asked, listeners reported that they would be willing to access programming via the Internet if it were not available by radio broadcast. They also reported that while they would like to see new programming as frequently as every week, they felt that quality and depth were more important than the number of shows produced.Based on survey and interview data people are overwhelmingly positive about TRBQ programming and would like to see more. Including supplementary materials on TRBQ's website is an important first step in expanding the depth of listener experience. Currently, TRBQ provides listeners with access to interesting stimulating conversations, however listeners are not invited to participate in the discussion.In its current format, TRBQ functions as a well-crafted thought-provoking radio program. However in order to achieve a more concrete impact, it is important that producers provide listeners and other interested individuals with an opportunity to continue and contribute to the discussion. The appendix of this report includes the survey and interview protocol used in this study.



Team Members

Molly Reisman, Evaluator, Rockman et al
Sound Vision Productions, Contributor
Shirin Panahandeh, Evaluator, Rockman et al
Saul Rockman, Evaluator, Rockman et al


Funding Source: NSF
Funding Program: AISL
Award Number: 0208470
Funding Amount: 1103443

Related URLs
The Human Condition: Knowledge and Values in the Age of Science


Audience: Adults | Evaluators | General Public | Museum | ISE Professionals
Discipline: Education and learning science | General STEM
Resource Type: Evaluation Reports | Interview Protocol | Research and Evaluation Instruments | Summative | Survey
Environment Type: Broadcast Media | Media and Technology