Gathering and evaluating program data is critical to our understanding of our program’s effectiveness. We undertake this task continually, and contribute regularly to academic discourse via publications and conference presentations.
IMPACT & PROGRAM STATISTICS
We strive to carry out pre and post assessments, mid-program surveys, and long-term impact assessments for each program participant. Our learning goals are aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards.
We have been awarded a five-year NSF grant (called Be a Scientist!) to measure the longitudinal impact of our program on our Family Science Course participants.
In Fall 2008 we surveyed 361 parents from 8 schools at back-to-school nights and in 2009 we surveyed 943 parents from 14 partner schools in South Los Angeles. The surveys aimed at understanding what parents wanted out of the Family Science Courses and what further support they needed.
DATA GATHERING TOOLS
Urban School Needs Map – to help identify the right partner schools
Student Attendance System – to capture student attendance data