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NISE Network Guide - Nano Exhibition: Creating a Small-Footprint Exhibition with Big Impact

This guide provides an overview of the Nano exhibition created by the NISE Network. The April 2015 document describes the exhibition and summarizes the unique dissemination model of distributing 93 copies of this small footprint mini-exhibition to locations throughout the United States. The guide content focuses on STEM learning and engagement, best practices in exhibition design, and impacts on museum audiences.

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Team-Based Inquiry Training Videos

This series of films is part of the NISE Network's "Team-Based Inquiry" professional development package. TBI is an approach to empowering professionals to get the data they need, when they need it, in order to improve their products and practices and create successful educational experiences. These materials were designed to support museum practitioners in learning about and using TBI in their own institutions and practice.

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NISE Net Public Impacts Nano Mini-Exhibition Study Year 8 Summative Evaluation (2013)

The Summative Study of the Nano Mini-exhibition took place during the spring and summer of 2012. After being observed during their Mini-exhibition experience, 455 visitors across six different partner institutions participated in surveys and interviews with NISE Net evaluation team members. This report begins by describing the key findings of the study in detail, with additional information about study methods, instruments, and two exploratory sub-studies found in the Appendices.

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Team-Based Inquiry Guide

Team-based inquiry (TBI) is a practical approach to empowering education professionals to get the data they need, when they need it, to improve their products and practices and, ultimately, more effectively engage public and professional audiences. The TBI process involves an ongoing cycle of inquiry: question, investigate, reflect, and improve. This guide explains each step of the TBI process and features ways TBI has been used in the NISE Network to improve educational experiences and professional practice.

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NISE Network Program Evaluation Tools

The NISE Network program evaluation tools include guidelines and templates to facilitate program evaluation.

The NISE Net Guidelines for Collecting and Handling Data document outlines general guidelines for collecting and handling Team Based Inquiry (TBI) data. The guide was created for the NISE Network's 2012 Institutional Review Board (IRB) protocol as a part of the Human Subjects Research training for NISE Net partners.

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Research on Organizational Change in a National Network of Informal Science Education Institutions (2017)

This study researched whether and how affiliation with the Nanoscale Informal Science Education Network (NISE Net) led to change in informal science education organizations’ (ISEs) practices. The NISE Net provided an opportunity to look at how participation in a large but loosely-structured network of museums, science centers, educators, and scientists can influence museums to experience organizational change and adopt new practices. By conducting qualitative case studies of a few selected partners, this research aimed to understand the conditions that facilitate or impede the...

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NISE Net Museum & Community Partnerships Project Summative Evaluation Report (2017)

In 2015, NSF provided supplemental funding that enabled the Nanoscale Informal Science Education Network (NISE Net) to help NISE Network partners: 1. Broaden the Network’s reach by engaging audiences that the partner organizations were not currently serving and are traditionally underserved by science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) institutions and underrepresented in STEM fields 2. Create new or expanded collaborations between NISE Net partners and local community partners The project was designed for existing, active NISE Network partners (...

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NISE Net Public Impacts of Nano-Rich Organizations Summative Evaluation (2016)

From Fall 2014 through Fall 2015, the Nanoscale Informal Science Education Network (NISE Net) Public Impacts evaluation team conducted a descriptive summative study aimed at understanding the variation, combination, and concentration of ways in which Network partners utilized Network educational resources and products together with their own resources to offer the public opportunities to engage in learning about nanoscale science, engineering, and technology (“nano”). This study was designed to explore how the NISE Network’s range of resources were used by the diverse range of Network...

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Evaluating the NISE Network: Reflections from the Evaluation Workgroup

At the end of the NISE Network’s 10th year, the Evaluation workgroup created a reflection document to describe how we managed the evaluation of the NISE Network, one of the largest informal education networks ever formed. This document goes into specifics of how we set up our team, what impacts we decided to measure, and what methods we used to collect data on a national scale. It also talks about ethical considerations we took into account and how we shared our work with multiple audiences. This reflection document is not meant to be a prescriptive “how-to” manual,...

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