This is a searchable website of assessment tools for informal science learning. The goal is to provide practitioners, evaluators, researchers and policy makers with the information to choose appropriate tools for assessing program quality and outcomes for children and youth. Supported by the Noyce Foundation, PEAR (Program in Education, Afterschool and Resiliency) located at Mclean Hospital and Harvard Medical School, reviewed existing tools and published the findings in a report. This website is based on the findings of that report and will be continuously updated in collaboration with the Youth Development Researchers at 4-H.
The Association of Science and Technology Centers provides abstracts of front-end evaluation studies for science exhibitions. Each summary includes brief descriptions of the study's purpose, methods, and major findings.
The Exploratorium's Visitor Research and Evaluation Department conducts research on informal learning in the public space of our museum. Examples of front end, formative, and evaluation studies conducted at the Exploratorium (San Francisco, CA) are available for review and download.
This database provides information about evaluation work from out-of-school time programs and initiatives. Each profile includes a program overview, detailed information about each evaluation report, and where possible, electronic links to actual evaluation reports and contacts for program directors and evaluators.
The Online Evaluation Resource Library is a National Science Foundation funded project developed for professional evaluators and program developers. Although targeted for those who work in school environments, it provides extensive evaluation resources and samples — instruments, plans, and reports — that can be modeled, adapted, or used as is.