Session 3 (February 8 – 21)
In connected learning programs, evaluation designs need to fit within the ongoing flow of the program and support its goals. In this session, we will discuss how a team at CU Boulder designed an evaluation of a connected learning program, FUSE Studios, to support the goals of the program and minimize disruptions to youth engagement in activities.
- The evaluation questions that can be answered depend on the nature of evidence that can be collected within resources allocated.
- Experimental designs are possible to carry out at relatively low cost when:
- Programs are oversubscribed or conditions allow for a delayed treatment, good outcome measures are available and do not have to be collected by the evaluator.
- The design for participation of stakeholders should fit within time constraints and match desired level of involvement.
- W. K. Kellog Foundation. (2004). W. K. Kellog Foundation Evaluation Handbook. Battle Creek, MI: Author. pp. 69-74.
Post on Forum: How would you tackle the challenges the FUSE team is facing in implementing their evaluation? What is a strategy you would pursue to address their emerging questions?