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Successful Techniques for Assessing Informal Education Programs. NMEA 2009 Pat Pokay Eastern Michigan University ppokay@emich.edu. A Few Questions First…. Why are you here? Write 3 things you already know about assessment. A Few More Questions…. How often do you assess your programs? 1-5

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successful techniques for assessing informal education programs

Successful Techniques for Assessing Informal Education Programs

NMEA 2009

Pat Pokay

Eastern Michigan University

ppokay@emich.edu

a few questions first
A Few Questions First…
  • Why are you here?
  • Write 3 things you already know about assessment.
a few more questions
A Few More Questions…

How often do you assess your programs? 1-5

What % of your programs do you assess? 1-5

Which is the most true of your ed dept?

  • A) We don’t assess
  • B) We assess only informally, when developing the program - not when implemented
  • C) We assess every program, every session but don’t get to analyzing the data often
  • D) We assess and analyze almost all of our programs.
nsf domains for informal science
NSF Domains for Informal Science
  • Engagement and Interest
  • Attitude
  • Behavior
  • Awareness, Knowledge, Understanding
  • Skills
slide5

Approximately thirty science center educators were asked to brainstorm their answers to a series of assessment questions.

questions asked
Questions Asked
  • What types of outcomes are you concerned about?
  • What other information do you want from participants?
  • What roadblocks and difficulties do you run into when trying to assess programs?
  • What techniques have been successful in helping you carry out assessments?
what are your outcomes
What are your outcomes ?
  • For participants:
    • Attitude and interest
      • curiosity; appreciation of environment
    • Action and behavioral change
      • Use in classrooms; networking
      • Increased stewardship; career paths
    • Knowledge
what are your outcomes8
What are your outcomes ?
  • For program:
    • Build credibility; encourage repeaters
    • Increase memberships and donors; increase exposure of program
    • Data to enhance/expand programs and stimulate new programs
    • Quantifiable outcomes for future funding
what other information do you want from participants
What other information do you want from participants?
  • Baseline information
    • Demographics; knowledge; attitudes
  • Program choice
    • Why this one; other program interest; recommend to others; future needs; how do we compare?
  • How do they use the program info?
roadblocks
Roadblocks
  • Assessment knowledge of staff
    • Conceptual knowledge
    • Tool design
    • Data analysis
  • Assessment implementation issues
    • Sampling and participants issues
    • Capturing participant feedback and observations
    • Need for time to assess within program
  • Accountability and Cost
    • Costs of assessment
    • Expectations of funders
    • Federal rules (IRB)
successful techniques
Successful Techniques
  • Process
    • Timing issues (adequate time; embed in program; setting aside specific time for it)
    • Clarify value, directions, examples to participants
  • Staff
    • Time for reflection, interaction following evaluation
  • Rewards and money
    • Participant stipends for completion
key ideas
Key Ideas
  • Develop assessment that has more than one use
  • Embed assessments in program if possible
    • Example of KWL
  • Develop follow-up contact list with timetable for contacting participants
    • Use in classrooms
    • Networking
zebra mussels analysis of learning
Zebra MusselsAnalysis of Learning

* No answer or one simple fact

** Simple, true statements, no interconnections among concepts

*** Interconnected, complex statements about concepts in the lesson

zebra mussels what do you want to know analysis suggests
Zebra Mussels“What do you want to know?”Analysis suggests:
  • May need introduction about the basics of zebra mussel ‘life’ in this program.
in sum
In Sum…
  • Embedding assessment in lesson provides
    • Simple pre-post information
    • Student interest information for future programming

It might be an option for assessing when time and resources are limited.