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  • How Can an Evaluation Advisory Committee Benefit a Project? The NISE Network Example (2017)
    Date: 06/30/2017
    Resource Category: Research Case Study
    If your project, large or small, needs an external review panel or evaluation advisory committee to help oversee the extent to which project impacts were achieved, one option is to create an Evaluation Committee of Visitors (COV). A COV is commonly used when a project team wants to ensure a consistent outsider lens and broader perspective. As an ... »
  • NISE Net Years 6‐10 Evaluation Summary
    Date: 06/23/2017
    Resource Category: Summative
    The purpose of this report is to summarize the findings from the Years 6-10 (2010-2015) Nanoscale Informal Science Education Network (NISE Net) summative evaluation studies and to discuss factors that contributed to the achievement of NISE Net’s goals. The report centers on summative evaluation findings, while also including major project output ... »
  • NISE Network Professional Impacts Summative Evaluation
    Date: 08/02/2016
    Resource Category: Summative
    The NISE Network Professional Impacts Summative Evaluation is a longitudinal examination of individual professionals over the final three years of NISE Net funding. This investigation is based on the NISE Network goals for professionals and explores how involvement with NISE Net impacts an individual professional’s sense of community, learning ... »
  • Evaluating the NISE Network: Reflections from the Evaluation Workgroup
    Date: 07/01/2016
    Resource Category: Conference Proceedings
    At the end of the NISE Network’s 10th year, the Evaluation workgroup created a reflection document to describe how we managed the evaluation of the NISE Network, one of the largest informal education networks ever formed. This document goes into specifics of how we set up our team, what impacts we decided to measure, and what methods we used to ... »
  • Program Development: A Guide to Creating Effective Learning Experiences for Public Audiences
    Date: 04/01/2016
    Resource Category: Report
    This guide offers a comprehensive overview of NISE Network programming, including development by a multi-organization team, implementation by hundreds of partners nationwide, and impact on public audiences. It offers a practical introduction to the approaches, methods, and tools the Network uses to ensure our programs provide effective learning ... »
  • Museum & Community Partnerships: Collaboration Guide for museums working with community youth-serving organizations
    Date: 11/20/2015
    Resource Category: Report
    This guide offers an introduction to collaborations between museums and youth-serving community organizations. While this guide is designed specifically for museums and community organizations, much of the content contained in this document can be applied to all kinds and levels of partnerships. This guide includes an overview of why to ... »
  • Summative Study of NanoDays 2014 Events
    Date: 11/02/2015
    Resource Category: Summative
    In the spring of 2014, the Nanoscale Informal Science Education Network (NISE Net) Public Impacts evaluation team conducted a summative study of NanoDays, a nationwide festival of educational programs about nanoscale science, engineering, and technology. In 2014, NanoDays took place from March 29th – April 6th, 2014. The Network’s goals for ... »
  • NISE Network Research on How Visitors Find and Discuss Relevance in the Nano Exhibition
    Date: 09/30/2015
    Resource Category: Report
    Over the final five years of the Nanoscale Informal Science Education Network (NISE Net), the “Research on Public Learning and Decision-Making” (PLDM) team studied how visitors make decisions and learn about nanotechnologies through a variety of NISE Network educational products. The focus of this report is an exploratory study conducted on the ... »
  • Online Brown-Bag: The International Year of Light 2015 - What's Nano about Light? (Recorded)
    Date: 12/01/2014
    Resource Category: Webinar
    This is a recording of a NISE Network online brown-bag conversation held in December 2014 about the International Year of Light. In 2013, the United Nations proclaimed 2015 as the International Year of Light (IYL). More than 100 organizations from more than 85 countries are participating in IYL. During this conversation we discussed scientific ... »
  • Sharing Science Workshop and Practicum
    Date: 11/12/2011
    Resource Category: Reference Materials
    This guide provides information and resources for planning and hosting a Sharing Science Workshop & Practicum for early career researchers that will enhance their science communication skills, engage their interest in education and outreach, and prepare them for providing effective and rewarding education outreach experiences. ... »

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