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

These resources are relevant to a wide variety of evaluators, even those that don’t carry out evaluations of informal learning projects

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Focus Search - If the informal learning field want to learn from evaluation reports on informalscience.org and similar types of repositories, how can evaluators help to ensure the reports they post are useful to these audiences?


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Evaluation of an Online Training Program for Informal Science Educators: The FETCH! with Ruff Ruffman Program

This paper will present a summary of key findings regarding program impact, as well as a summary of methodological lessons learned, with a discussion of the implications for other evaluators who are performing evaluations in informal learning environments

Evaluation of FETCH_Paulsen.pdf



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Eval12 Poster 69: Measuring Learning in Youth Development Programs Using Personal Meaning Maps

Evaluators often measure these outcomes using methods that fit the nature of an informal learning environment

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Focus Search - The personal meaning map method was developed for use in informal learning environments and is based on a relativist-constructivist approach to learning (Falk, Moussouri, & Coulson, 1998)


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

Presenter(s): Gina Svarovsky, Science Museum of Minnesota, gsvarovsky@smm.org Amy Grack Nelson, Science Museum of Minnesota, agnelson@smm.org Abstract: Evaluation projects involving evaluators distributed across the country can have several benefits, but also present a range of challenges....

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Focus Search - The  goal  of  the   project  is  to  support  the  growth  and   development  of  the  informal  education  field   through  knowledge  sharing  across  informal   learning  projects  and  their  evaluations.  Our  work   builds  upon  the  website  informalscience.org,  an   online  destination  for  the  informal  learning  field.  


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Eval13: Session 603 - Collaborative and Inclusive Design of an International Shared Measurement System

The presentation from Jeremy Paley and Aimee White about creating a international shared measurement system for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation #sharedindicators #collaborativedesign #Non-ProfitsandFoundationsEvaluation #Collaborative,ParticipatoryandEmpowermentEval ...

Final CIMS AEA presentation Oct 2013.pdf


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Eval12 Session 626: Changes in Library Evaluation: Responding to External Pressures in the Institution of Museum and Library Services’ Measuring Success Imitative for the Grants to States Program

This paper examines the challenges of developing and implementing a new national evaluation approach in a complex library funding program. The approach shifts a prior outcome-based evaluation legacy using logic models to one relying on non-linear logic mapping. The new approach is explored by...

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Focus Search - Informal Learning Program Theory of Change Direct change Indirect change Table 1


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Eval12 Session 296: Strategic Use of Observations

The roundtable discussed challenges of collecting observational data for small-scale evaluation activities and ways to add rigor to increase the credibility and usefulness of data. The handout offers suggestions on strategies and presents an example scenario. #Instruments ...

Strategic Observations Roundtable Handout AEA 2012.pdf


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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