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Eval11 Poster 126: Building Evaluation Capacity in Informal Science Edcation through Strategic Collaboratoin

Poster Abstract: A major goal of Informal Science Education (ISE) is to address and improve upon, the lack of standardized tools and strategies to effectively measure outcomes and impacts across programs

Phillips_AEA_2011_poster_final.pdf


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What Can We Learn From a Collection of Over 500 Evaluation Reports? - Poster AEA 2015

The Building Informal Science Education (BISE) project coded 520 evaluation reports posted to informalscience.org

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Focus Search - Additional guidance came from the Center for the Advancement of Informal Science Education (CAISE) Portfolio Inquiry Group’s codebook, which was developed to analyze publicly available NSF informal science education (ISE) award data (Baek, 2011)


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Eval12 Session 191: Distributed Evaluation - Benefits and Challenges of Cross-Organization Collaborations

One is an evaluation exploring the communication structures within the Nanoscale Informal Science Education Network (nisenet.org), the other is a collaborative synthesis of evaluation reports posted on the website informalscience.org

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Focus Search - THE  BUILDING  INFORMAL  SCIENCE  EDUCATION  PROJECT:       Synthesizing  Evaluation  Reports  on  informalscience.org       WHAT  IS  THE  BISE  PROJECT?     The  Building  Informal  Science  Education  (BISE)   Project  is  a  collaboration  between  University  of   Pittsburgh  Center  for  Learning  in  Out  of  School   Environments,  Science  Museum  of  Minnesota,   and  Visitor  Studies  Association.  


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Eval12 Session 663: Framework for Evaluating Individual Learning Outcomes of Citizen Science

Developed by the DEVISE (Developing, Validating, and Implementing Situated Evaluations) team as part of a 3-yearNSF grant to build evaluation capacity in citizen science programs. Presentation Abstract: Projects that engage the public in scientific research, (often referred to as “citizen...

Phillips_AEA_2012_final.pdf


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Conference Session: Evaluating Impact: Use of Yin's Partial Comparisons Case Study Approach

The three documents included here for use at the 2009 AEA conference are: 1) a description of our paper, 2) PowerPoint slides for our presentation, and 3) tables demonstrating use of the Partial Comparisons Approach in evaluating two STEM projects in Washington State. #EvaluationUse #Prek...

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Focus Search - - + + Table 4 Partial Comparisons Approach for the Acceso la Ciencia, Access Science, Informal Science Education Project funded by NSF Exhibit Tables Handbooks/ Training Manuals Field Trips (Crops, Darigold Plant, PSC) Science Shows Internship Program Parent Involvement STEM Career Workshops & College Preparation Assistance Outcomes-Only Comparisons The program performed better than at earlier time (pre-post). + + + + + + + The program performed better than another program (cross-section). - - - - - - - The program performed better than broader group of programs (cross-section). - - - - - - - The program’s performance trend is in desired direction (time series). + + + + + + + Outcomes appear faster or better than expected. - - - - - - - Outcomes exceed initial goals or objectives. + - + - - + + Outcomes exceed established standards. - - - - - - - Process-Only Comparisons The program implemented a new set of activities, not previously conducted. - + - + - - + The program improved an existing set of activities. + + - + + + + The program staff can describe how the program differs from previous policy or practice. - - - - - - - Table 4, continued Partial Comparisons Approach for the Acceso la Ciencia, Access Science, Informal Science Education Project funded by NSF Exhibit Tables Handbooks/ Training Manuals Field Trips (Crops, Darigold Plant, PSC) Science Shows Internship Program Parent Involvement STEM Career Workshops & College Preparation Assistance Causal Interpretation The program staff can provide a compelling explanation for a documentable chain of events. - - - - - - - External observers can provide a compelling explanation for a documentable chain of events. - - - - - - - A key informant (insider) can provide a compelling explanation for a documentable chain of events. - - - - - - - The pattern of outcomes is uniquely related to the program. + + + + - - - The intervention is uniquely related to some infrastructure, in turn related to the outcomes. - - - - - - - Rival Interpretations The program staff can provide rationale for rejecting explanations (general climate and competing programs). + + + + + + + External observers can provide rationale for rejecting explanations (general climate and competing programs). + + + + + + + A key informant can provide rationale for rejecting explanations (general climate and competing programs). - - - - - - - A pattern of outcomes can provide rationale for rejecting explanations (general climate and competing programs). + + - - + + + Table 4, continued Partial Comparisons Approach for the Acceso la Ciencia, Access Science, Informal Science Education Project funded by NSF Exhibit Tables Handbooks/ Training Manuals Field Trips (Crops, Darigold Plant, PSC) Science Shows Internship Program Parent Involvement STEM Career Workshops & College Preparation Assistance Rival Interpretations Infrastructure can provide rationale for rejecting explanations (general climate and competing programs). - - - - - - - Policy Analyses Magnitude of positive outcomes far outweighs costs of program. + + + + + + + Outcomes achieved for the first time in this program. + + + + + + + Outcomes generate support for further desirable action. + + + + + + +Evaluating Impact: Use of Yin’s Partial Comparisons Case Study Approach Michael S


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Eval 2013, Poster #78: Plans, Approaches, Needs, Context, & Reality: Meta-Evaluation of a Portfolio of External Climate Education Projects Funded by NASA

NASA Innovations in Climate Education (NICE) at Langley Research Center has funded 71 climate education initiatives over four years, each evaluated separately by external evaluators. This meta-evaluation project seeks to understand the range of evaluations represented in the portfolio, including...

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Promising Practices for Engaging Girls in IT

Informal Information Technology (IT) education programs serving girls between grades 6 – 12 were surveyed to identify practices effective in engaging girls in IT. Women are significantly underrepresented in IT education paths and careers and many programs aim to increase girls’ interest to...

Promising Practices for Engaging Girls in IT.pdf


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Evaluation 2009 Conference Program

PDF of the Evaluation 2009 Program, sans covers due to size, as it went to print. #2009Conference #Communications #program #Evaluation2009 #Communications #Conference

aea09.program.final.pdf