GRG's Director of Research, Colleen Manning, just presented at this year's International Public Science Events Conference (IPSEC) on October 11. Colleen shared GRG's findings about science festivals at the presentation, What We Know About Science Festivals.
The number seven has special meaning. In fact, ancient spiritual traditions view our life-cycles as made of sets of seven years. So, after seven years in our current office, we are moving on. As of February 29th, 2012, our new address will be:
929 Massachusetts Ave, Suite 2A
Cambridge, MA 02139
All of our other contact information will remain the same, including phone number and email addresses. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions!
In July 2011, GRG’s president, Dr. Irene F Goodman, and Research Assistant, Helena Pylvainen, attended the Ford Family Foundation Scholars Summer Conference. The conference was attended by incoming scholars from the class of 2011, outgoing scholars from the class 2007, parents, and special guests. Dr. Goodman and Ms. Pylvainen attended the conference in order to observe and conduct focus groups with scholars. This visit was part of an ongoing evaluation of the Ford Family Foundation Scholars Program that GRG is conducting, which also includes online surveys of Ford Scholars and Ford finalists from current and previous years.
Read more about our evaluation.
GRG is excited to announce that we have added four new staff members to the team; Dr Pam Stazesky, Research Associate, and three new Research Assistants: Markeisha Grant, Maddie King, and Karina Lin. Dr. Stazesky joins us with over fifteen years of experience conducting program evaluations and research studies in K-12 public education. Our new Research Assistants are all recent college graduates, each with their own unique experiences. Ms. Grant is a graduate from Smith College, where she graduated Cum Laude with high honors in Psychology. Ms. King just graduated from Williams College with Honors from Williams College with a degree in Psychology and Art History. Ms. Lin joins us as a recent graduate with Honors in Psychology from Barnard College of Columbia University.
Check out our Staff and Leadership page to learn more about our new staff members and read their full bios.
Rucha Londhe, Colleen Manning, and Irene Goodman are co-authors of an article related to our evaluation of the University of Masschusetts’ iCODE (Internet Community of Design Engineers) in the January 2011 issue of Autonomous Robots.
GRG recently completed the three-year evaluation of iCODE, an NSF ITEST-funded project that used intensive, hands-on IT activities in a collaborative on-line environment. The primary aim of iCODE was to increase the likelihood that participating middle and high school students from racially diverse and economically disadvantaged communities in Boston and Lowell would pursue IT and STEM careers. The summative evaluation assessed the influence of the program on participating students' IT attitudes, career aspirations, and skills over the three years. Data collection each year included pre and post surveys, focus groups, and content quizzes for students, interviews and surveys of educators, and site observations conducted by GRG researchers. Evaluation results indicated that the iCODE program was highly successful and can serve as a model for other ITEST initiatives that feature programmatic efforts to make hands-on, inquiry-based engineering and programming experiences available to underrepresented groups in the middle and high schools.
Read the full article in Autonomous Robots here and the Executive Summary of the iCODE evaluation here.
GRG staff members Colleen Manning and Molly Priedeman, along with GRG consultant Karen Peterman, led discussions at the first ever International Public Science Events Conference, which took place the week of February 14th in Washington, DC. The first session, Knowing What Works: Festival Evaluation, was led by Ms. Manning, Ms. Priedeman, and Dr. Peterman. The second session, Strategies for Evaluating Science Cafes with Adult and Teen Audiences, was led by Ms. Manning, Dr. Peterman, and Susan Foutz of the Institute for Learning Innovation. In addition, Ms. Manning assisted NOVA/WGBH clients Rachel Connelly and Jennifer Larese in conducting a town hall meeting with the science café community focused on the current needs and future vision of the movement.
GRG is actively involved in public science events and is currently conducting a multi-method process and summative evaluation to demonstrate the success of the Science Festival Alliance project. Science festivals are currently held annually at San Diego, CA and Cambridge, MA. Two new sites will be added to this network in the upcoming year – Bay area, CA and Philadelphia, PA.
Read more about our evaluation and the International Public Science Events Conference.
GRG Research Associate Rucha Londhe was featured on the AEA365.org “Tip-a-Day by and for Evaluators,” sponsored by the American Evaluation Association. Dr. Londhe discussed the use of networked technologies in evaluating science museum exhibits. GRG used this technology in our recently concluded evaluation of the Black Holes Exhibit Gallery, created by the Harvard Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics.
Click here to view the entire report.
An Academic Medicine article based on GRG's Schwartz Center Rounds evaluation and co-authored by GRG's Director of Research has been cited on “some 17 health care websites.” The summative evaluation involved a psychosocial-topic-based assembly of caregivers in hospitals around the U.S. (Source: Kenneth B. Schwartz Center).
Read the full article at Academic Medicine here.
GRG presented at this fall’s New England Museum Association (NEMA) Conference which took place on November 3-5 in Springfield, Massachusetts. Irene Goodman, Rucha Londhe, and Rachel Schechter led a workshop about technology and museum evaluation. The workshop, titled Museum Evaluation in the Digital Age: From Basics to the Bells and Whistles, demonstrated the process of embedded evaluation using audience feedback to fit the workshop to the audience. While focusing on technological tools, the workshop discussed connecting institutional goals with evaluation methods.
Read more about the 2010 NEMA conference here.
GRG’s Director of Research, Colleen Manning, with Dissertation Chair Dr. Randy Albelda, has received a Child Care Research Scholars Grant to fund her research entitled “Occupational Exit of Family Child Care Providers.” This $30,000 grant was awarded by the Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation in the Administration for Children and Families. As part of this grant, Ms. Manning will be presenting her plan at the Annual Meeting of the Child Care Policy Research Consortium (CCPRC) on Friday, October 22, 2010 in Washington, DC.
Read more about the grant here.
GRG’s client Carol Lynn Alpert of the Museum of Science, Boston will be presenting findings from GRG’s evaluation of The Amazing Nano Brothers Juggling Show at the ASTC Annual Conference and Exhibit Hall in Honolulu, Hawaii. The evaluation provided the show’s creators with evidence of learning by audiences of difference ages. The conference session is called “New Funding Sources: Building Institutional Alliances with Research Centers” and is on Saturday, October 2, 2010.
Read more about our evaluation and also about the ASTC Annual Conference.
Results from GRG’s annual evaluation of MIT’s Terrascope Youth Radio (TYR) were recently presented at the American Society for Engineering Education’s annual meeting and at a symposium at Union College. TYR is an NSF-funded project in which college students and urban teens create and host a radio program on environmental and Earth-system science. GRG staffers Karen Gareis and Kate Parkinson are conducting the evaluation. The evaluation focuses on both the undergraduate mentors and the teen interns who together produce radio shows which have been featured around the country. Evaluation data has played an important role in shaping the program’s evolution and in helping to define the outcomes of the program.
Read more about our evaluation here.
Our long-time client, SAE International, recently released the results of GRG’s 5 year longitudinal study of A World in Motion® (AWIM). The study examined the long term impact of AWIM on students and teachers. Some highlights from the research included: younger students sought out more science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) related activities over time, use of AWIM increased teachers’ confidence in teaching science, and the involvement of an industry volunteer during AWIM activities led to strong student knowledge of engineering that was sustained over time. Director of SAE Foundation, Matthew Miller, stated SAE is “extremely pleased with the results of the study.”
Read the full press release here!
Our client, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, submitted a paper about GRG’s evaluation of their Black Holes exhibit to the Astronomical Society of the Pacific conference. The accepted paper and presentation is titled "Do Learning Outcomes Escape from ‘Black Holes’? Summative evaluation data from the Smithsonian’s national traveling exhibition.” This conference will be held Aug 2-4 at Boulder, CO.
Read more about our evaluation and also about the Black Holes exhibit.
Colleen F. Manning, Director of Research, is co-author of an article about the Kenneth B. Schwartz Center Rounds in the June 2010 issue of Academic Medicine. GRG conducted the summative evaluation of this program, which involves a psychosocial-topic-based assembly of caregivers in hospitals around the U.S. The Rounds at each site are administered by a clinical leader, a multidisciplinary planning group, an outside facilitator, and a support staff. The two-pronged evaluation approach included a substantive quantitative online survey component, supplemented by qualitative interview data.
Read the full article in Academic Medicine here.