Additional Resources

General Assessment and Evaluation Resources

Assessing and Evaluating in Informal Learning Contexts

  • See Chapter 6 of Surrounded by Science (Marilyn Fenichel & Heidi A. Schweingruber, 2010) for a discussion of “Assessing Learning Outcomes.”
  • The Principal Investigator’s Guide: Managing Evaluation in Informal STEM Education Projects (CAISE, 2011) was written for NSF-funded projects, but it contains extensive advice and examples that are useful for any informal learning context.
  • Chapter 5 of Putting Teens First in Library Services: A Roadmap, (Linda Braun & Shannon Peterson, eds., 2017), discusses “Assessments and Outcome-Based Evaluation in Formal and Informal Learning Spaces.” (Chicago, IL: YALSA).
  • Chapters 5 through 10 of Framework for Evaluating Impacts of Informal Science Education Projects, edited by Alan J. Friedman for the National Science Foundation, discuss the challenges of evaluating particular types of informal learning experiences like exhibits or media productions.
  • InformalScience.org has a set of evaluation resources specifically designed for informal STEM learning.

Tools and Instruments