A Framework for Understanding and Improving Multisite Evaluations

Multisite evaluations are increasingly being used by the federal government and large foundations. A framework for understanding the variations among multisite evaluations and developing ways to improve them is presented in this chapter.


Lessons Learned About Science and Participation from Multisite Evaluations

Publicly funded multisite evaluations should help bring safe, effective interventions to the mental health and substance abuse treatment fields. Two principles, science-based practice and stakeholder participation, drive multisite evaluations of behavioral interventions. We examine the roles of these principles in the five programs described in this volume and draw lessons for future studies.


OERL Evaluation Reports for ITEST Projects

OERL, the Online Evaluation Resource Library, was developed for professionals seeking to design, conduct, document, or review project evaluations. The purpose of this system is to collect and make available evaluation plans, instruments, and reports for NSF projects that can be used as examples by Principal Investigators, project evaluators, and others outside the NSF community as they design proposals and projects. OERL also includes professional development modules that can be used to better understand and utilize the materials made available.


Gender Indicators in Science, Engineering and Technology

This Toolkit for Gender Indicators in Engineering, Science and Technology, designed for guidance in collecting sex-disaggregated data in scientific and technological activities, aims at helping decision-makers, researchers, and practitioners understand gender issues better and formulate successful policy and programming. It intends to promote a common approach in the systematic collection of sex-disaggregated data in science and technology.


Science Teaching Efficacy Belief Instrument (STEBI)

The Science Teaching Efficacy Belief Instrument (STEBI) is used in many studies to measure science teaching self-efficacy and outcome expectancy in preservice elementary teachers.  This 25-item instrument uses a 5-point Likert scale.  


The STEBI-A is the version recommended for use with in-service teachers; the STEBI-B is the version recommended for use with pre-service teachers.



Teacher Belief Inventory (TBI)

The Teacher Belief Inventory (TBI) is an instrument for measuring the degree to which pre-service teachers manifest a theoretical or practical orientation toward educational problems.  The TBI consists is 25 pairs of statements which cover 6 areas of educational practice: planning, instruction, classroom management, progress monitoring, clinical assistance, and caring for students.  One statement in each pair represents a theoretical approach to problem solving, while the other statement represents a practical approach.  



STEM Semantics Survey

The STEM Semantics Survey measures student interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics as well as interest in STEM careers. The survey is comprised of five scales each with five items measured on a 7-point scale. The STEM Semantic Survey is appropriate for administration to middle school students and teachers.

The link below provides access to the instrument as well as information about the instrument.

Authors provide instrument validity and/or reliability information.


Scientific Attitudes Inventory II (SAI II)

The Scientific Attitudes Inventory II (SAI II) assesses students' interest in science, their attitudes toward science, their views of scientists, and their desire to become scientists. The 40-item SAI II includes position statements of attitudes assessed and attitude statements that were originally included in the original SAI, with changes made only to improve readability and to eliminate gender-biased language. All items use a 5-point Likert scale.  


Torrance® Tests of Creative Thinking (TTCT)

The Torrance Tests of Creative Thinking (TTCT) are the most widely used tests of their kind since testing only requires the examinee to reflect upon their life experiences. These tests invite examinees to draw and give a title to their drawings (pictures) or to write questions, reasons, consequences and different uses for objects (words). These instruments have been used for identification of the creatively gifted and as a part of gifted matrices in states and districts in the USA, especially in multicultural settings, and for special populations around the world.


Motivated Strategies for Learning Questionnaire (MSLQ)

The Motivated Strategies for Learning Questionnaire (MSLQ) was developed to measure the types of learning strategies and academic motivation used by college students.  This is a 44-item instrument that uses a 7-point Likert scale.  


The MSLQ is both linked and attached, and its documentation is linked.