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Abstract Title: Characterizing Models of Informal Physics Programs
Abstract: There has been an increase of funding agencies' investment in informal science education in recent years, resulting in a significant growth of the field. However, little research has been done to determine the impact and effectiveness of informal physics programs and what makes them successful. While structures exist to assess the impact of informal learning, those are not yet robust enough to rigorously assess which programs work and, more critically, why they work. In this case study, we used a non-profit organization effectiveness model as a lens to evaluate the 'success' of three informal physics programs in achieving their objectives and overall vision.  To determine the practices and structures that most influence the 'success' of these programs, we conducted interviews with the directors and coordinators of these programs hosted at R1 institutions and identified initial indicators that can increase chances of informal physics programs to be 'successful'.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation
Session Time: Poster Session III
Poster Number: C25
Contributed Paper Record: Contributed Paper Information
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Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Claudia Fracchiolla
University College Dublin
Dublin, Dublin 4
and Co-Presenter(s)
Kathleen Hinko, Michigan State University