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  • TIP: How to determine a sample size for studying your informal education program
    Date: 05/10/2022
    Resource Category: Research and Evaluation Instruments
    How to determine a sample size for studying your informal learning program What’s important to consider when selecting a sample size, or participant group size, for studying your informal (science) education program? What value does a small sample size have? If program managers have ample resources for collecting a lot of data, what factors are ... »
  • Cracking the Code: Influencing Millennial Science Engagement Evaluation
    Date: 02/09/2022
    Resource Category: Summative
    KQED, the Northern California PBS and NPR member station, and the College of Media & Communication at Texas Tech University have recently completed a $3 million grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for the project Cracking the Code (CTC): Influencing Millennial Science Engagement . The three-year grant provided funding for an ... »
  • Survive and Thrive: Build a Mars Habitat NASA TEAM II: Formative Report
    Date: 02/07/2022
    Resource Category: Formative
    The Formative Evaluation for the Mars Habitat exhibit was conducted to gather visitor feedback on a prototype of the exhibit component. Data was collected in three rounds, and the exhibit component was updated as necessary between rounds. Evaluation questions focused on understanding if visitors knew what to do while at the Mars Habitat exhibit, ... »
  • CAISE 2021 NSF AISL Awardee Meeting Report
    Date: 02/01/2022
    Resource Category: Summative
    Inverness Research and Oregon State University, with support and input from CAISE, conducted an evaluation of the 2021 NSF AISL Awardee Meeting which was held virtually October 19-21, 2021. The evaluation effort included observing the meeting, participating in debriefing the meeting with CAISE co-PIs, the CAISE equity audit committee, and NSF ... »
  • Skill Hierarchy Worksheet
    Date: 12/17/2021
    Resource Category: Self-Assessment
    This worksheet helps practitioners break down over-arching skill-based outcomes in their citizen science project. ... »
  • Skill Analysis Ranking Worksheet
    Date: 12/17/2021
    Resource Category: Self-Assessment
    This worksheet is used to help practitioners identify and rank skills in their citizen science programs in order to priortize them for evaluation or training. ... »
  • Lineage Final Evaluation Report
    Date: 12/01/2021
    Resource Category: Summative
    The Lineage project was a collaboration between Twin Cities Public Television and the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History. The project included creation of a feature-length video program, a Virtual Reality game, and a set of hands-on activities designed for use by multigenerational audiences—all of which were incorporated as part of a ... »
  • Summer Educator Training Formative Report
    Date: 11/30/2021
    Resource Category: Formative
    PocketMacro is a mobile app designed by The Human-Computer Interaction Institute at Carnegie Mellon University to help users better identify benthic macroinvertebrates commonly found in streams and other waterways. In Summer 2021, the app and other supplemental materials were highlighted during trainings for educators held at the Stroud Water ... »
  • "Infestation: The Evolution Begins": Final Report
    Date: 10/13/2021
    Resource Category: Summative
    NSF generously funded the Science Museum of Minnesota's exploration of whether or not the "theatrical gaming" technique could improve visitors' understanding of complex topics requiring conceptual shifts--topics like evolution. COVID disrupted our formal evaluation plans, but this report offers finding and guidance/best practices for other ... »
  • Engaging Faith-based Communities in Citizen Science through Zooniverse
    Date: 09/30/2021
    Resource Category: Summative
    Engaging Faith-based Communities in Citizen Science through Zooniverse was an 18-month pilot initiative funded by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. Any opinions, findings, or recommendations expressed are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Sloan Foundation. The goals of this initiative were to broaden participation ... »