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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Welcome to the Building with Biology project! The evaluation letter contained here explains both the required and optional reporting of your Building with Biology event, and includes links to further online resources and contact information for any questions you might have on the evaluation for this project.
The NISE Network Professional Impacts Summative Evaluation is a longitudinal examination of individual professionals over the final three years of NISE Net funding. This investigation is based on the NISE Network goals for professionals and explores how involvement with NISE Net impacts an individual professional’s sense of community, learning about nano, and use of nano educational products and practices.
NanoDays: A NISE Network Guide to Creating Activity Kits, Building Communities, and Inspiring Learning
NanoDays is NISE Net’s signature event—an annual celebration that mobilizes hundreds of organizations across the country to engage staff, volunteers, and members of the public in learning about nanoscale science, engineering, and technology. NanoDays kits are the Network’s most widely used set of resources, reaching over a million visitors throughout the year. About this guide:
The purpose of this document is to consolidate and archive all of the major public reach estimates that have been generated as part of the Network evaluation. Brief descriptions of the counting studies and projection methods used to generate these estimates will be included here, with additional information available in other referenced NISE Network evaluation reports and appendices. Finally, strengths and limitations of these estimates will be discussed, as well as future directions for - and implications of - this work.