A Framework for Summative Evaluation in Informal Science Education

January 1st, 2015 | RESEARCH

Summative evaluation plays a critical role in documenting the impacts of informal science education (ISE), potentially contributing to the ISE knowledge base and informing ongoing improvements in practice and decision-making. In response to the growing demand for capacity-building in ISE evaluation, this paper presents a framework for summative evaluation based on an extensive review of literature and research-based refinements. The framework synthesizes key elements of high-quality summative evaluation into three dimensions: (a) Intervention Rationale, (b) Methodological Rigor and Appropriateness, and (c) Evaluation Uses. Judgment of the value of the intervention (e.g., program, exhibition) should draw upon all three dimensions.


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Team Members

Alice Fu, Author, SK Partners
Lisa Peterson, Author, SK Partners
Archana Kannan, Author, SK Partners
Richard Shavelson, Author, Stanford University
Amy Kurpius, Author, SK Partners


Identifier Type: issn
Identifier: 1934-7715
Identifier Type: doi
Identifier: 10.1080/10645578.2015.1016363

Publication: Visitor Studies
Volume: 18
Number: 1
Page(s): 17

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Full Text
Enhancing Informal Science Learning Initiatives: Developing Measurement and Evaluation Capacities


Audience: Evaluators | Museum | ISE Professionals
Discipline: Education and learning science | General STEM | Social science and psychology
Resource Type: Peer-reviewed article | Reference Materials
Environment Type: Exhibitions | Informal | Formal Connections | Media and Technology | Professional Development | Conferences | Networks | Public Programs