Performance Improvement 2011-2012. What Approach is Feasible for the Evaluation of the Science Education Partnership Award Program?

01/01/2012

The National Center for Research Resources (NCRR) commissioned a feasibility study to develop an approach for evaluating the Science Education Partnership Award (SEPA) program. The SEPA program provides five-year grants for K-12 educational projects, science centers, and museum exhibits to deliver information about National Institutes of Health funded medical research, to increase career opportunities in science, and to cultivate an understanding about healthy living habits among the general public. The results of the study were based on several activities that included meetings with program officials, and working with NCRR staff to build models to describe the SEPA program and to develop a set of process and outcome questions for an evaluation of the program.

The study concluded that a process and outcome evaluation of the SEPA program was feasible and would be extremely valuable for the program and the field. The evaluators proposed an evaluation plan with assumptions, questions, approaches, and a schedule for carrying out the work. Methods proposed included:  a review of SEPA project documents from the last 10 years, a survey of principal investigators of projects funded between 2000 and 2010, and a survey of all partners associated with a sample of projects, interviews with program directors and other science experts, and project-specific case studies.

Report Title: Science Education Partnership Award (SEPA) Feasibility Study
Agency Sponsor: NIH, National Institutes of Health
Federal Contact: Rosanna Ng, 301-496-5367
Performer: Westat, Inc.
Record ID: 9382 (Report issued September 30, 2010)

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