Communicating Chemistry in Informal Environments: Evaluating Chemistry Outreach Experiences

Date: 
Sunday, December 1, 2013
Resource Type:
Report | Reference Materials | Glossary/Index
Environment Type: 
Media and Technology, Public Programs, Professional Development, Conferences, and Networks, Professional Development and Workshops
Audience: 
Administration/Leadership/Policymakers | General Public | Museum/ISE Professionals | Scientists | Evaluators
Discipline: 
Chemistry
Organization:
SRI International
Description or Abstract: 

The most important consideration in evaluating chemistry outreach efforts is how to best use the evaluation to serve project needs. Evaluation should be about making programs more effective—at communicating ideas, changing attitudes, inspiring action, or reaching wider audiences, for example. A well-conducted evaluation typically contributes to the quality of a project by helping its leaders better define their goals, identify important milestones and indicators of success, and use evidence to support ongoing improvements. At its best, evaluation is an integral part of project design and implementation from the outset, making it truly meet the needs of the people the project is intending to serve.

Funder(s): 
NSF
Funding Program: 
ISE/AISL
Award Number: 
1238273
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