Evaluation Report: 2009-2012 Science Festival Alliance Evaluation Report

The Science Festival Alliance (SFA) has helped to spark and support dozens of independent festival initiatives in the US and abroad. But the SFA got its start in 2009 with a single grant from the National Science Foundation. This three-year project launched the Philadelphia and Bay Area Science Festivals, and included evaluation of those festivals as well as the Cambridge and San Diego Science Festivals. A final evaluation report for the project is now complete, and we have put together a shorter summary of those findings into a new PDF document now available here. Whether you are involved in a festival or not, there are some great learning points in this report. For example, did you know that interaction with a STEM practitioner is the greatest predictor of positive learning outcomes in a festival event? And the more different types of interaction available, the greater the impact. To find more gems like this, read the report!

EvalFest is funded by the National Science Foundation, Award #1423004 and administered by Morehead Planetarium and Science Center, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Principal Investigators: Todd Boyette, Morehead Planetarium and Science Center; Karen Peterman, Karen Peterman Consulting; Katherine Nielsen, UCSF Science and Health Education Partnership