DEVISE: Developing, Validating, and Implementing Situated Evaluation Instruments

August 15th, 2010 - July 31st, 2013 | PROJECT

This development project will create, test, validate, and disseminate a suite of evaluation tools for use by professionals who are developing Public Participation in Scientific Research projects. The necessary evaluation tools for what participants learn or believe after participating in citizen science projects (called Public Participation in Scientific Research or PPSR) are generally unavailable to project managers where conference participants. The project will collect examples of cognitive and affective test instruments and try them out in citizen science projects underway. This project grew from discussions at a conference on Developing a Citizen Science Toolkit at Cornell in 2007 where participants noted that evaluation is the most challenging and least understood step in the process of project development. Thus to provide projects with the tools of evaluation that are relevant to the field itself and to the development of the projects on citizen science, the investigators intend to conduct a study to demonstrate how an evaluation framework can be used to assess the impact of projects by conducting evaluations and presenting them as case studies. The investigators will provide evaluation tools for project developers and will facilitate community discussion about the use of these materials. The project also will provide an evaluation of the procedures used to create the tool kit for investigators. The evaluators are expert professionals in the field of attitude measurement, cognitive measurement, informal science program creation, and citizen science management. The investigators will provide webinars for investigators planning to use the tool kit in their projects. This project is intended to strengthen the field of informal science education researchers and administrators by providing a source for acceptable measurement methods of the impact on the public of participating in a scientific research project.

Project Website(s)

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Project Products

2014 Poster - DEVISE: Developing, Validating, and Implementing Situated Evaluation Instruments project
2016 Poster - DEVISE: Developing, Validating, and Implementing Situated Evaluations
Evaluation Instruments

Team Members

Rick Bonney, Principal Investigator, Cornell University
Kirsten Ellenbogen, Co-Principal Investigator, Science Museum of Minnesota
Candie Wilderman, Co-Principal Investigator, Dickinson College
Amy Grack Nelson, Contributor, Science Museum of Minnesota
Cecilia Garibay, Contributor, Garibay Group
Kate Haley Goldman, Contributor, Audience Viewpoints Consulting


Funding Source: NSF
Funding Program: ISE/AISL
Award Number: 1010744
Funding Amount: 836351


Audience: Evaluators | Museum | ISE Professionals
Discipline: Education and learning science | General STEM
Resource Type: Project Descriptions
Environment Type: Citizen Science Programs | Professional Development | Conferences | Networks | Professional Development and Workshops | Public Programs

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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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