Research and Evaluation

We work hard to make sure that our shows and projects have the biggest impact they can. Our team of presenters have a combined experience of over 60 years in STEM engagement, and we continually review and evaluate each others’ performances, responding to the feedback we get from customers and clients.

We use the Generic Learning Outcomes (GLO’s) to measure changes in attitudes of pupils following our shows. GLO’s are widely used in the informal education sector, you can find out more about them by clicking here.

 

 

Our Evaluation in Practice

Our evaluation strategy is designed to measure our impact and improve performance. We will:

  • use a consistent approach to evaluation to allow meaningful comparisons
  • aim to get feedback from 5% or our audience each year
  • monitor and review the performance of all staff on a regular basis
  • carry out continuous review of our activities to reflect the findings of our evaluation
  • publish the results of the evaluation on this website, and share them with other interested groups

We are undertaking continuous evaluation in the form of an online customer research questionnaire and a series of focus groups.  If you’d like to complete the questionnaire, just click on the link.  If you’d like to be involved with the Focus Groups please contact info@sciencemadesimple.co.uk

 

Pupil Feedback

We process and gather feedback data from all our shows, in order to determine our most effective learning and engagement methods. You can see the latest results of our evaluation in the charts below.


Evaluation Reports

We evaluate all our projects and some are evaluated by external evaluators, to create detailed reports on the impact of our individual shows. These are made available to our customers, and are used to objectively identify areas of strengths and weaknesses. The following reports are available for download:

NSA Experimentrics Tour Final Report May 2015 

 

Short and long-term impact of science shows

Our Director, Wendy Sadler conducted a research study on this for her MSc dissertation with the Open University. She examined the short and long-term memories associated with our ‘Music to your ears‘ show with a small group and drew some conclusions about the type of demonstrations that may have the most impact. Her work has since been cited by other researchers working in this area. You can download a summary of the report here, if you require a full copy of the project please contact us.