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  • Peep and the Big Wide World: User Experience Study
    Date: 12/01/2016
    Resource Category: Formative
    PEEP and the Big Wide World/El Mundo Divertido de PEEP is a bilingual, NSF- funded public media project that uses animation, live-action videos, games, mobile apps, hands-on science activities to motivate preschool-age children to investigate the world around them. Online, PEEP extends children’s science and math learning with a mobile-friendly ... »
  • 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 ... »
  • Formative Evaluation: Native New York Exhibition
    Date: 11/15/2016
    Resource Category: Formative
    The National Museum of the American Indian, NY (NMAI-NY) contracted RK&A to conduct a two-phase formative evaluation of the museum’s upcoming Native New York exhibition. The study’s objectives for walk-in visitors and teachers were to understand their baseline knowledge, what piques their interest, potential barriers (confusion or ... »
  • Connected Science Learning: Linking In-School and Out-of-School STEM Educators - Formative Evaluation Report
    Date: 11/01/2016
    Resource Category: Formative
    This report details the formative evaluation study conducted through collaboration with the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) and the Association of Science-Technology Centers (ASTC) to inform the iterative development and piloting of the Connected Science Learning: Connecting In-School and Out-of-School STEM Learning journal. The ... »
  • Strong Promise: Moving from Interest and Engagement in STEM to Real Academic Results
    Date: 10/31/2016
    Resource Category: Summative
    Summary Girlstart’s mission is to increase girls’ interest and engagement in STEM through innovative, nationally-recognized informal STEM education programs. Girlstart examines in this report how STEM education directed toward elementary school girls influences long-term readiness and participation to math and science learning. This report ... »
  • Frontier Scientists Final Evaluation Report, 14-16
    Date: 10/26/2016
    Resource Category: Evaluation Reports
    Frontier Scientists is comprised of a website and portfolio of videos created for distribution web-wide and through television broadcast. The goal of this program is to excite the general public about ongoing science in Alaska and the Arctic. This is the summary evaluation of a three-year National Science Foundation grant received by Frontier ... »
  • InformalScience.org User Study Infographic
    Date: 10/26/2016
    Resource Category: Audience Study
    This infographic presents a visual summary of a user study of the InformalScience.org website, which was conducted in 2016. The study used online surveys, task-based interviews, and web analytics to explore the following questions: (1) Who are the site's users and what content do they value? (2) Does the site clearly convey its purpose to visitors ... »
  • National Living Laboratory: Creating Communities of Learners for Informal Cognitive Science Education [Summative Evaluation Report]
    Date: 10/25/2016
    Resource Category: Summative
    This summative evaluation report details the Broad Implementation of the Living Laboratory model--an initiative to promote partnership between museums and cognitive science researchers in order to promote professional learning and involve the public in scientific research. The evaluation investigated the extent of the dissemination effort’s depth ... »
  • Formative Evaluation of Ironbound Films Informal Science Education Project: The Anthropologist
    Date: 10/20/2016
    Resource Category: Formative
    From October 2015 to July 2016, Smart Start Evaluation & Research conducted a formative evaluation of a full-length film festival cut of the film The Anthropologist in order to provide feedback that improves decision-making capacity for the film’s final edit, production design, and distribution strategies in line with the project’s goals (see ... »
  • InformalScience.org User Study
    Date: 10/15/2016
    Resource Category: Audience Study
    InformalScience.org is an online collection of resources designed to serve a broad community of professionals whose work relates to informal education in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). Funded by the National Science Foundation and managed by the Center for Advancement of Informal Science Education (CAISE), InformalScience hosts ... »

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