The Lawrence Hall of Science
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We partner with school districts to support science learning. We offer district-wide elementary, middle, and high school programs, either virtually or in-person.
We collaborate with a range of partners to innovate in science education. Together, we go further.
Through a range of evaluation services from full-scale, complex evaluations to panel reviews, technical reports and briefs, logic modeling, and empirical study design, we work to create powerful STEM learning opportunities that inspire and engage in ways that advance equity and opportunity. Our work spans learning environments (formal in-school, informal-out-of-school time) and content areas (Environmental Education, Professional Learning, Computational and Digital Learning, Engineering and Robotics, and more).
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Logic models, theories of action, or theories of change, are valuable means for articulating, understanding, and planning science learning programs. They are often required by funders, but they are incredibly useful for program developers and implementers as well. As a stand-alone process or as part of a full-scale evaluation, we work closely with you to articulate the underlying program theory, whether it be for action or for change, by visually representing the inherent linkages of program inputs, outputs, and outcomes in the short, medium, or long term.
Empirical Studies range from single case studies with qualitative and textual data to randomized-control trials with very quantifiable data. Although empirical studies are the cornerstone of much of our evaluation work, our guiding principle is that the type of study, the design of the study, the analysis tools, and the outcomes of interest all must be aligned to the context of the program the needs of stakeholders and constituents, and, most importantly, with equity and justice forwarded. We have expertise in a range of empirical approaches and can work with you to develop and implement a human-centered, equitable, racially and socially just empirical study.
We are experts in instrument development: from short surveys to complex observations tools. We are part of the Activation Lab, which has a suite of tools available to help evaluate and understand the impact of your science learning program. Let us help create tools tailored to your program and context.
As more and more evaluations are conducted internally, by participants themselves, the need for external review panels, that bring expertise and unique perspectives and understanding to the work itself, has increased. We can arrange and convene review panels, by connecting our network of experts, your communities, and social justice specialists to review evaluation plans, data, and reports.
Reporting out is critical to evaluation work – stakeholders, constituents, funders, participants, and program staff all should contribute to and hear about the results of evaluation work. Our reporting techniques are appropriate for each circumstance and include both text-based, webinar or virtual presentations, and, increasingly, web-based reports. In addition, we can develop specific reports (literature review, technical reports) for you that can help guide the development of programs or indeed of evaluations themselves.
Working Towards Equitable Organizations Workshop Series is a collaboration between the Lawrence Hall of Science and an organization called Youth…
Researchers and curriculum designers at the Lawrence have been engaged in a three-year project (NSF STEM+C #1838992) that investigates computational…
For Inspiration and Recognition of Science & Technology (FIRST® ) is a national and international nonprofit organization that seeks to…
The Learning Activation Lab is a national research and design effort to dramatically strengthen learning in the United States and…
Based at the Lawrence Hall of Science at UC Berkeley, the East Bay Academy for Young Scientists (EBAYS) serves youth…
We believe that the utility and validity of evaluation are enhanced through a culturally responsive and equitable stance that gives explicit attention to issues of race, gender, social class, power and privilege, and the voices of populations that have been systematically marginalized and underserved.
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