Evaluation & Assessment

Evaluation and assessment are critical components of any program, but it is often challenging to have time, funding, and staff expertise to engage in high-quality evaluation and assessment activities. The following resources include user-friendly instruments, websites, and evaluation guides to help girl-serving STEM programs effectively evaluate and assess their efforts.

Developing Measurable Objectives
This powerpoint presentation, developed by AWE, walks through the process of developing clear, measurable objectives.


The following webinars related to evaluation and assessment are archived and can be accessed at any time. Accompanying PowerPoint slides are also available for download. 

Lessons Learned for Effective Evaluation of Girl-Serving CS Programming
Interested in hearing from girl-serving programs about what they learned from participating in the Computer Science Outreach Program Evaluation Network (CS OPEN) led by Google and NGCP? Twelve computer science programs focused on serving girls engaged in in a year-long community of learning and left with both theoretical and practical skills.

Using the Data: How to Plan, Develop and Use Program Evaluation to Build a Better Program
Collecting data from participants and other stakeholders is an integral part of any informal education program, but the real benefit comes from using the data to inform program planning and delivery. In this webinar learn about methods for collecting evaluation data and how a summer engineering camp is using evaluation to maximize its impact.

Other Evaluation Resources

Assessment Tools in Informal Science
This searchable collection of assessment tools for informal science learning provides practitioners, evaluators, researchers, and policy makers with the necessary information to choose appropriate tools for assessing program quality and outcomes for children and youth.

Harvard Family Research Project
The Harvard Family Research Project provides a variety of evaluation-related publications and resources, including The Evaluation Exchange, a one-of-a-kind periodical that contains new lessons and emerging strategies for evaluating programs and policies, particularly those focused on children, families, and communities.

InformalScience.org Website
This website includes a collection of evaluation resources related to informal science, including evaluation publications, online evaluation sources, how-to manuals, and evaluation reports that projects have shared.

National Science Foundation Framework for Evaluating Impacts of Informal Science Education Projects
This book introduces a framework for evaluating the impacts of informal science education projects, including guidance on measuring specific STEM-related impact categories (knowledge, attitudes, behavior) and project types (exhibitions, mass media, youth and community programs and collaborations).

National Science Foundation 2010 User-Friendly Handbook for Project Evaluation
This handbook is aimed at people who need to learn more about both what evaluation can do and how to do an evaluation, including overviews of evaluation types, steps in doing an evaluation, quantitative and qualitative data collection, and culturally responsive evaluation strategies.

Online Evaluation Research Library
This National Science Foundation-supported website provides a large collection of sound plans, reports, and instruments from past and current project evaluations in several content areas and guidelines for how to improve evaluation practice using the Web site resources.

The Field-tested Learning Assessment Guide (FLAG)
This online collection of STEM-related assessment tools is designed primarily for classroom STEM instructors, but also relevant for informal STEM educators. Assessment tools are sorted by discipline, purpose, and technique.

W.K. Kellogg Foundation Evaluation Handbook
This comprehensive handbook from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation provides a framework for thinking about evaluation as a relevant and useful program tool and outlines a blueprint for designing and conducting evaluations.

W.K. Kellogg Foundation Logic Model Development Guide
This guide was developed to provide practical assistance to nonprofits engaged in this process. In the pages of this guide, we hope to give staff of nonprofits and community members alike sufficient orientation to the underlying principles of "logic modeling" to use this tool to enhance their program planning, implementation, and dissemination activities.