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  • A "Global Viewport" for Virtual Exploration of Deep-sea vents: Using Spherical Displays to Advance Public Literacy in Earth System Science
    Date: 12/27/2014
    Resource Category: Evaluation Reports
    The Global Viewport project was an integrative collaboration between the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) and. the New Bedford Oceanarium Corporation dba Ocean Explorium at New Bedford Seaport (hereafter, Ocean Explorium). The main thematic area that was addressed is Improving Public Earth System Science Literacy. A main objective of ... »
  • DUST User Experience Assessment
    Date: 12/17/2014
    Resource Category: Evaluation Reports
    The goal of the study was to identify current issues for navigating and finding relevant information; evaluate the look and feel of the website in relation to its main purpose; assess the clarity of language to its audience; determine next steps for improvement. We addressed these goals through an expert review based on a 100+ point usability ... »
  • Youth Radio’s DO IT! Initiative Summative Evaluation
    Date: 12/16/2014
    Resource Category: Summative
    Rockman et al (REA), a San Francisco-based research and evaluation firm, conducted the external evaluation for Youth Radio's DO IT! program, which was funded by the National Science Foundation. Building upon Youth Radio's previous Science and Technology Program, the DO IT! initiative consisted of three primary components that promoted STEM ( ... »
  • QUEST Summative Evaluation Final Report
    Date: 12/01/2014
    Resource Category: Summative
    QUEST is a unique cross-platform science journalism collaborative that creates and distributes content for radio, television, interactive, and education audiences. The project collaborative comprises six leading public media providers representing markets across the country: KQED (San Francisco), Nebraska Educational Television (NET) and Radio, ... »
  • Zoo and Aquarium Research Collaborative (ZAARC) Final Year 3 Participant Survey Study
    Date: 12/01/2014
    Resource Category: Evaluation Reports
    Zoo and Aquarium Research Collaborative (ZAARC) is a NSF-funded research project by TERC and Oregon State University (co-PI’s Andee Rubin and John Falk) that is exploring a collaborative model for action research as a form of professional development for zoo and aquarium educators. Over the past three years, ZAARC has engaged education staff from ... »
  • Formative Evaluation: SENCER-ISE
    Date: 11/30/2014
    Resource Category: Formative
    This report presents findings from a formative evaluation of Science Education for New Civic Engagements and Responsibilities-Informal Science Education (SENCER-ISE), a National Science Foundation and Noyce Foundation funded initiative to support partnerships between informal science and higher education institutions. This evaluation looked ... »
  • "Evaluating New England Aquarium’s New Strategy for Visitor Engagement: Interpreting Our Mission for a Changing World"
    Date: 11/19/2014
    Resource Category: Summative
    "In the past several years, New England Aquarium (NEAq) renewed all exhibits, built new additions, and made substantive efforts to restructure its interpretation strategies to transform the visitor experience. With support from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) grant #MA-06-12-0143-12, the Aquarium embarked on A New Strategy for ... »
  • A 3-year Evaluation of NASA Astronomy Days and Educator Workshops at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences
    Date: 11/11/2014
    Resource Category: Evaluation Reports
    The purpose of the 3-year formative and summative evaluation was to gauge public perceptions of the utility and quality of NASA-funded workshops and programs offered by the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences. This final summative report includes 3-year project findings from 11 NASA Educator Workshops and three Astronomy Days events. ... »
  • Meaning making through data representation: Construction and Deconstruction
    Date: 11/10/2014
    Resource Category: Evaluation Reports
    To better help museum visitors make sense of large data sets, also called “big data”, this study focuses on what museum visitors felt individual layers of a visual (alone and in combination with other layers) were communicating to them as the visual was constructed or deconstructed layer by layer. A second, smaller study, collected data to better ... »
  • Vaccine Buzz Summative Evaluation
    Date: 11/01/2014
    Resource Category: Summative
    The Vaccine Buzz exhibition opened at the Science Museum of Minnesota in February 2014. This summative report describes how visitors experienced and interpret the Vaccine Buzz exhibition as a whole. This approach allowed us to understand what visitors were most interested in, at what level the exhibit elements are connected to each other, as well ... »