Evaluation

ITEST Webinar: Positionality Matters: Understanding Culture and Context From the Perspective of Key Stakeholders

Moderator: Alyssa Na'im

Presenters: Araceli Martinez Ortiz, Sustainable Future; Pam Van Dyck, Evaluation Resources; Karen Yanowitz, CSI; Angelique Tucker Blackmon, Try-IT

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ITEST Webinar: Using Embedded Assessment for Increasing Student Motivation and Teacher Engagement

Presenter: Dan Damelin, RI-ITEST

Summary: This webinar explored types of embedded assessments, how to include them in computer-based activities, and a model system for collecting data for teachers, students, and researchers. Examples were primarily drawn from the Rhode Island ITEST project, but the systems in which materials are embedded could be used by other projects. 

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Seventh Annual NSF ITEST Summit: STEM Career Development: Nurturing Interest, Persistence, and STEM Self-efficacy

In addition to an NSF cross-program panel and keynote addresses, this Summit featured numerous breakout sessions hosted by ITEST project PIs and evaluators in 4 strands: Shaping educational pathways to STEM careers, Embedding research and assessment into project work, Evaluation, and Topics of general interest.

Embedding Research and Assessment into Project Work

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Fifth Annual NSF ITEST Summit: Using Evaluation Research Methodology to Inform Workforce Development Strategies and Project Scale-up

This Summit's focus was on Using Evaluation-Research Methodology to Inform Workforce Development Strategies and Project Scale-Up. Several of the summit presentations and panels were archived.

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Insights and Innovations in STEM Learning: Learnings from ITEST Project Evaluations

The first issue of the Insights and Innovations in STEM Learning series synthesizes learnings from a thematic analysis of ITEST projects’ reported outcomes, challenges, and innovations. 

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Ten Years of Youth Programs at The American Museum of Natural History: An Independent Perspective and Lessons Learned

In this report, Inverness Research summarizes their findings based on evaluating the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH)'s high school program over 10 years. The report includes:

  • A discussion of the theory of action and the rationale that underlies the AMNH youth programs
  • A description of three of the programs that have been offered and the evolution in program design that has taken place over the years
  • A description of the core common features of the programs

 

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ITEST Data Brief: Published Instruments Used by ITEST Projects to Measure Impact

ITEST LRC Data Brief Volume 1, Issue 2

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A Program Director's Guide to Evaluating STEM Education Programs: Lessons Learned from Local, State, and National Initiatives

In today's world of high accountability, strong evidence on intended outcomes is key to building credibility and replicability of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) programs.  This primer, for program directors/managers, educators and others responsible for developing and implementing STEM programs:

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How Can Multi-Site Evaluations Be Participatory?

Multi-site evaluations are becoming increasingly common in federal funding portfolios. Although much thought has been given to multi-site evaluation, there has been little emphasis on how it might interact with participatory evaluation. Therefore, this paper reviews several National Science Foundation educational, multi-site evaluations for the purpose of examining the extent to which these evaluations are participatory. Based on this examination, the paper proposes a model for implementing multi-site, participatory evaluation.

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A Guide to Evaluation Primers

Produced by the Association for the Study and Development of Community (ASDC) for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, this document offers an orientation to handbooks and basic primers on evaluation. These resources are designed to meet the needs of the non-expert, explaining some of the central issues in evaluation and why they are important. The Guide itself helps organizations to assess which evaluation primer might be most useful for their needs and what to expect, in terms of information, from each.

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