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  • Front-End, Formative and Summative Evaluations of What’s in a Name?
    Date: 11/30/2016
    Resource Category: Evaluation Reports
    ‘What’s in a Name’ is a collaboration between Harvard Museums of Science & Culture, the Encyclopedia of Life and the Biodiversity Heritage Library. Its goal was to addresses three significant issues: improving public understanding of life on Earth through resources on how scientists describe biodiversity; furthering public understanding of the ... »
  • Northern New York Maple Project Final Evaluation Report
    Date: 10/04/2015
    Resource Category: Summative
    With support from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, The Wild Center (TWC) engaged Insight Evaluation Services (IES) to assess the impact of specific outreach activities of the Northern New York Maple Project between September 2013 and September 2015. Data for this two-year evaluation study were collected via in-depth telephone ... »
  • Our Earth's Future Final Evaluation Report
    Date: 09/30/2015
    Resource Category: Summative
    In its program, “Maximizing Lifelong Learning Opportunities: Innovative Strategies for Science Museums,” the American Museum of Natural History sought to develop, implement and assess a series of online and face-to-face adult learning courses, that shared the name “Our Earth’s Future” and focused on the topic of climate change. An external ... »
  • Digital Programing in Informal Science Learning Settings: Current Trends and Practices
    Date: 06/26/2015
    Resource Category: Front-End
    WCS launched its electronic field trip program, Distance Learning Expeditions, in 2001 when there was tremendous interest in the educational community in the potential of videoconferencing technology for program delivery, as well as money available for the purchase of related broadcast equipment. The program grew rapidly and was successful through ... »
  • Nurturing ISE Talent From Within Your Community: Building A Professional Development Program For Community Informal Educators
    Date: 01/01/2015
    Resource Category: Book
    This guide is to provide staff mentors and trainers the professional development framework to recruit non-traditional informal science educators and then begin to build skills, competencies and knowledge for those individuals to serve their diverse communities as mentors, facilitators, and role models. It is also meant to illuminate lessons ... »
  • IMLS Early Learners Collaborative: Year Two Evaluation Report
    Date: 08/25/2014
    Resource Category: Evaluation Reports
    This report summarizes the evaluation findings of the second year of the Science Beyond the Boundaries Early Learners Collaborative (ELC). The three-year project, funded through the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), connects science centers and children’s museums to enhance early learner programming. In Year Two, the ELC brought ... »
  • Formative Evaluation: Safari Adventure
    Date: 08/01/2014
    Resource Category: Formative
    The Bronx Zoo of the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) engaged Randi Korn & Associates, Inc. to conduct formative evaluation and community focus groups related to a proposed exhibit, "Safari Adventure." The aim with this exhibit is to provide better connections to nature for families in our community and foster a life-long sense of ... »
  • Mystic E-port Digital Classroom Summative Evaluation
    Date: 03/17/2014
    Resource Category: Summative
    A two stage summative evaluation was conducted following the launch of the Mystic Seaport for Educators website, the final output resulting from the IMLS National Leadership grant entitled Mystic E-Port Digital Classroom project. The results of four focus groups, conducted in two phases, found consistent results suggesting that the project was ... »
  • Science on the Sphere: Formative Evaluation for Pacific Science Center
    Date: 06/11/2013
    Resource Category: Formative
    This evaluation examines visitor engagement at the “Science On a Sphere” (SOS) exhibit at Pacific Science Center, Seattle, WA. Evaluators varied characteristics of the data presentation—such as topic presented, presence of a question prompt, and image rotation—and measured the resulting visitor engagement for each of the different treatments. ... »
  • Exploring Spaces: Evaluating Visitor Experiences at the Henry Art Gallery
    Date: 06/08/2013
    Resource Category: Front-End
    This report discusses a front-end evaluation that aimed to determine what physical and perceptual barriers affect visitors’ use of the Henry Art Gallery, and how visitors currently interact with museum spaces and staff. These findings will support guest service training and changes in the museum’s physical infrastructure. This study utilized three ... »

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