Program evaluation and user research
Specializing in educational media
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We provide independent research and evaluation services to organizations that create educational TV shows, outreach campaigns, curricula, informational websites, and mobile applications (for kids and adults alike).
We help our clients to measure objectively the impact of their projects and to communicate better with their audiences.
We help funders, like the National Science Foundation and other state and federal agencies, determine whether their investments in social or educational programs are paying off.
We use program evaluation, usability testing and other research methods to determine whether our clients' products are meeting their users’ needs.
Please contact us to learn how we can assess your program's success.
Christine's Latest Article on Out-of-School Time Learning
This article describes a transmedia learning experience for early school-aged children. The experience represented an effort to transition a primarily television-based series to a primarily web-based series. Children watched new animation, completed online activities designed to promote STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) exploration, and participated in (and reported on) offline activities that required them to investigate real-world phenomena. Children were expected to visit the website every weekday, for four weeks, as part of the experience. A single group pre-post test design was utilized to assess the impact of the experience on science knowledge and participants' satisfaction with the temporal and other elements of the multimedia experience. The national sample included 115 children aged five to eight years. Families preferred not to visit the website daily and instead preferred to follow their own pace. We observed no differences in key outcomes based on frequency of use. We observed a significant improvement in children's science knowledge and attitudes towards doing STEM activities at home. We also observed significant improvements in parental attitudes towards doing science activities. This study has implications for the design of transmedia learning experiences that are designed around temporal constraints..
Posted on April 28, 2014
CEG to Evaluate New NASA Resources Developed by WGBH -- Mission: Solar System
CEG will evaluate the impact of a set of educational resources developed by WGBH and NASA to "inspire a new generation of engineers." More information about the Mission: Solar System resources is available here.
Posted on August 8, 2013
CEG to Evaluate Second Season of NOVA's "Making Stuff" Television Series and Related Resources
CEG will evaluate the impact of the second season of NOVA's "Making Stuff" series, "Making More Stuff." The evaluation will explore the impact of the TV series itself, in addition to web-based quizzes, teacher resources, outreach materials, and Science Cafe resources. More information about the first season of the series is available here.
Posted on August 8, 2013