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

10-27-2011 17:09

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. Through a dynamic collaboration between the Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s DEVISE (Developing, Validating and Implementing Situated Evaluations) project and Harvard Medical School’s Program in Education, Afterschool, and Resiliency (PEAR), we intend to test and validate existing, new, or modified instruments in afterschool settings and in projects that engage the public in scientific research (sometimes referred to as “citizen science”). Results from the evaluations will be made available via an online toolkit and searchable database of valid and reliable assessment tools. Together, the collaboration will develop common technical standards that evaluators, practitioners, and researchers can use to build customizable evaluation designs using standardized tools and instruments. With widespread adoption of these tools, we envision future research examining cross-programmatic impacts and outcomes from ISE projects.

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