Evaluating the impact and outcomes of STEM programs: A common sense approach

Workshop | February 5 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 290 Hearst Memorial Mining Building

 Coalition for Education and Outreach

Are your STEM programs, activities, events, courses, curricula really reaching their intended audiences? What are students and other participants actually learning from them? As science educators and outreach specialists, we strive to create high-quality STEM programs that have the greatest possible impact. In this moderated panel presentation, you will learn about the numerous available tools and resources that can help you measure and assess your results. Evaluation professionals and STEM program directors will discuss how to integrate evaluation into your program design; when/how to partner with experts and when it makes sense to conduct your own evaluation; how to use evaluation results to strengthen your project outcomes; and how to communicate impact to stakeholders. Presenters: Kalie Sacco, Lawrence Hall of Science; Rena Dorph, Lawrence Hall of Science; Teresa Barnett, Community Resources for Science (a non-profit science education organization); and Lea Marlor Center for Energy Efficient Electronics Science (an NSF-funded science center headquartered at UC Berkeley).