Effective Practices for Evaluating STEM Out-of-School Time Programs

March 1st, 2014 | RESEARCH

Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics(STEM) programs in out-of-school time (OST) are designed to supplement school work, ignite student interest, and extend STEM learning. From interactive museum exhibits to summer-long science camps, opportunities for informal student engagement in STEM learning abound. What difference do these programs make, and how can we improve them? These questions preoccupy educators and funders alike. OST program developers and providers can benefit from understanding why evaluation is critical to the success of STEM OST programs, what data collection methods are appropriate, and how to effectively communicate and report findings. In this article, we share lessons from our experience in each of these areas and provide examples of how effective practices play out.


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Team Members

Stephanie Wilkerson, Author, Magnolia Consulting
Carol Haden, Author, Magnolia Consulting


Publication: Afterschool Matters
Volume: 19
Page(s): 10

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Audience: Educators | Teachers | Evaluators | Museum | ISE Professionals
Discipline: Education and learning science | Engineering | General STEM | Mathematics | Technology
Resource Type: Peer-reviewed article | Research Products
Environment Type: Afterschool Programs | Exhibitions | Museum and Science Center Exhibits | Public Programs | Summer and Extended Camps