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Capacity building tools for informal science educators to empower them 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 Team Based Inquiry (TBI) process involves an ongoing cycle of inquiry: question, investigate, reflect, and improve.
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Team-Based Inquiry evaluation capacity-building

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.

  • The Team-Based Inquiry Guide explains each step of the TBI process and features ways TBI is used in the NISE Network to improve educational experiences and professional practice. 
  • The Team-Based Inquiry Training Videos were designed to support museum practitioners in learning about and using TBI in their own institutions by describing this process and providing examples of how a team might work through the different steps. 
  • NISE Network Program Evaluation Tools includes guidelines and templates to facilitate program evaluation.
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More evaluation resources and tools are available from Center for Advancement of Informal Science Education (CAISE) available at https://www.informalscience.org

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Online Workshop: Evaluating Building with Biology Forums

Online professional development workshop recording.
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NISE Network Program Evaluation Tools

Professional development evaluation tools for educators; includes guidelines and templates to facilitate program evaluation.
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Team-Based Inquiry Guide (evaluation capacity building tool)

Professional development guide and evaluation tools for educators and researchers that explains each step of the Team-Based Inquiry (TBI) process and features ways TBI is used in the NISE Network to improve educational experiences and professional practice.
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Team-Based Inquiry Training Videos

This is a series of training videos for an evaluation strategy to empower museum professionals to get the data they need in order to improve their products and practices and create successful educational experiences.
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Online Workshop Nano Brown-Bag: Team-Based Inquiry Stories - NISE Network Partners Share What Works (and What Doesn't!)

Online professional development workshop recording.
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Team Based Inquiry (TBI) Cohort (2014) organizations describe their evaluation capacity-building projects

Evaluation capacity building tool Team Based Inquiry (TBI) project summaries.
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Team Based Inquiry (TBI) Cohort (2015) organizations describe their evaluation capacity-building projects

Evaluation capacity building tool Team Based Inquiry (TBI) project summaries.
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Online Workshop Nano Brown-Bag: Making Evaluation Design Decisions: When Basic Evaluation Methods Meet the Real World

Online professional development workshop recording.
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Evaluating the NISE Network: Reflections from the Evaluation Workgroup

This NISE Net Evaluation Team 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.
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How Can an Evaluation Advisory Committee Benefit a Project? The NISE Network Example

Professional development training tool to prepare network awardees to create an Evaluation Committee of Visitors (COV) which is commonly used when a project team wants to ensure a consistent outsider lens and broader perspective.
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