By Stephanie Levi, Ph.D.
Evaluation is crucial to understanding how well our programs are working, and how to best improve them to support those we serve. However, despite the utility of assessment and evaluation, identifying the right approach takes a great deal of careful work. Resources are available to make it achievable, and they are appropriate for beginners and seasoned evaluators alike!
- The Common Instrument (Noam, G.)
- Dimensions of Success (Noam, G.)
- Assessment Tools in Informal Science
- Informal Science Evaluation Database
- National Girls Collaborative Project Link to evaluation resources and tools
- Engaging Latino Youth in Community-based Programs (4-H)
- Project Exploration Ten Year Retrospective Study
- 4-H Science Initiative: Youth Engagement, Attitudes and Knowledge Study
- Framework for Evaluating Impacts of Informal Science Education Projects
- Toward a System Evidence-Base for Science in Out-of-School Time: The Role of Assessment (Hussar et al., 2008)
- The Science Opinion Survey
- National Science Foundation Framework for Evaluating Impacts of Informal Science Education Programs (Friedman (Ed.), 2008)
- National Science Foundation 2010 User-Friendly Handbook for Project Evaluation
- Using Evaluation Methods to Promote Continuous Improvement and Accountability in After-School Programs: A Guide (Reisner, 2004)
Explore these resources to learn which ones fit the needs of your evaluation strategy, and please let us know how they work for you so that other practitioners can learn from your experience!