Evaluation

The Impact of Environmental Education on Sense of Place Among Urban Youth

Research suggests that an ecologically informed sense of place, including strong place attachment and ecological place meaning, contributes to pro-environmental behaviors. Yet it is unclear whether an intervention such as environmental education can intentionally influence sense of place, especially in cities. To investigate the impact of urban environmental education programs on sense of place, we used pre/post surveys of youth in 5-week environmental and non-environmental summer youth programs in the Bronx, New York City, in 2010.

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A School Connectedness Scale for Use with Adolescents

Evaluators are frequently asked to assess the effectiveness of school programs implemented to improve academic achievement. School connectedness has been shown to be directly related to academic achievement and is therefore of interest to evaluators. The construct of school connectedness has been shown to consist of 3 elements: connectedness to adults in schools, connectedness to peers, and connectedness to the school.

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What Makes for Powerful Classrooms, and How Can We Support Teachers in Creating Them? A Story of Research and Practice, Productively Intertwined

This article and my career as an educational researcher are grounded in two fundamental assumptions: (a) that research and practice can and should live in productive synergy, with each enhancing the other, and (b) that research focused on teaching and learning in a particular discipline can, if carefully framed, yield insights that have implications across a broad spectrum of disciplines. This article begins by describing in brief two bodies of work that exemplify these two fundamental assumptions.

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Utilizing Collaboration Theory to Evaluate Strategic Alliances

Increasingly, collaboration between business, non-profit, health and educational agencies is being championed as a powerful strategy to achieve a vision otherwise not possible when independent entities work alone. But the definition of collaboration is elusive and it is often difficult for organizations to put collaboration into practice and assess it with certainty. Program evaluators can assist practitioners concerned with the development of a strategic alliance predicated on collaboration by understanding and utilizing principles of collaboration theory.

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Evalu-ATE & Mentor Connect Webinar: Evaluation Basics for Non-evaluators

On behalf of EvaluATE & Mentor-Connect, we invite you to attend "Evaluation Basics for Non-evaluators!"

e · val · u · a · tion: determination of the value, nature, character, or quality of something or someone*

But what is program evaluation?

Why does the National Science Foundation (NSF) require that the projects they fund be evaluated? How much does it cost? Who can do it? What does a good evaluation plan look like? What will happen? What are you supposed to do with the results?

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2018 STELAR ITEST Principal Investigator and Evaluator Summit

On behalf of the National Science Foundation, STELAR hosted more than 90 ITEST projects at the 2018 Summit.

2018 STELAR ITEST Principal Investigator and Evaluator Summit
Equity and Access at the Human-Technology Frontier

Monday, May 14 - Tuesday, May 15, 2018
(Legislative visits to be held Wednesday, May 16)
The Westin Alexandria, 400 Courthouse Square, Alexandria VA 22314

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EvaluATE Pilot Testing: Checklist for Program Evaluation Report Content

EvaluATE, the evaluation support center for NSF's Advanced Technological Education program, invites individuals who are currently writing evaluation reports to pilot test the 

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Teaching Strategies that Promote Science Career Awareness

This monograph shares results of our inquiry into pedagogical strategies that infuse career awareness into science lessons. We first identify four cognitive building blocks of career development and four promising approaches for raising awareness of science careers. We then provide a typology of ten replicable teacher practice strategies, with accompanying examples of each.

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NSF Dear Colleague Letter: Growing Convergence Research at NSF

Growing Convergence Research at the National Science Foundation (NSF) is one of 10 Big Ideas for Future NSF Investments. NSF seeks to highlight the value of convergence as a process for catalyzing new research directions and advancing scientific discovery and innovation. This Dear Colleague Letter describes an initial set of opportunities to explore Convergence approaches within four of the research-focused NSF Big Ideas:
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Webinar: Outcome Evaluation Step-by-Step

Presenter(s): Lori Wingate, Miranda Lee of EvaluATE, the evaluation resource center for the National Science Foundation’s Advanced Technological Education program.

Date(s): March 22, 2017
Time: 1:00-2:00 p.m. Eastern

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