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The Science Festival Alliance: Creating a Sustainable National Network of Science Festivals Year 2 Summative Evaluation

May 1, 2012 | Public Programs
Goodman Research Group, Inc. (GRG) is serving as the external evaluator of the NSF-funded Science Festival Alliance (SFA), a collaborative started by the University of California San Diego, the MIT Museum (Cambridge), the University of California San Francisco, and The Franklin Institute (Philadelphia). The early focus of the SFA has been on helping establish and sustain science festivals in each of these four cities. The Alliance's long-term goal is to facilitate the creation of a growing network of festivals and a community of science festival practitioners. This report focuses on the knowledge gained about the project's impacts during the first and second years of project operations and evaluation. It describes the results of surveys of ISE professionals served by the SFA. It also describes the results of surveys of festival attendees and festival partners participating in the San Diego, Cambridge, Philadelphia, and Bay Area Science Festivals. The SFA currently supports over two-dozen science festival initiatives across the country, and SFA evaluation findings have significant implications for these many initiatives.


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    Goodman Research Group, Inc.
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  • Karina Lin
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  • Madeleine King
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    Funding Program: AISL; Collaborative Research
    Award Number: 0840333
    Funding Amount: 3090078
    Resource Type: Evaluation Reports
    Discipline: Education and learning science | Engineering | General STEM | Mathematics | Technology
    Audience: Youth/Teen (up to 17) | Families | General Public | Museum/ISE Professionals | Evaluators
    Environment Type: Public Programs | Public Events and Festivals

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