Evaluation and Educational Research

Evaluation is a systematic investigation to assess how well a project is meeting its goals. Educational research examines learning processes that impact educational outcomes. Both involve asking key questions, collecting and interpreting data to answer those questions, and sharing findings with partners.

The CIRES E&O Evaluation and Educational Research team works with scientists, educators, and community organizations to examine programs and curricula focused on the earth and the environment, and people’s relationship with the planet. We do this work in a variety of settings with a diversity of audiences, including formal and informal education settings, scientific research centers or offices, and career development programs. We aim to use culturally responsive methods in our evaluation and research work, engaging in collaborative approaches with project team members.

Evaluation and Educational Research

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Evaluation Services

At CIRES E&O, we have an in-house evaluation team that works with CIRES scientists and collaborates with partners from other organizations.

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Educational Research

Our educational researchers focus on understanding learning related to the environmental sciences.

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Broader Impacts

Our team assists scientists in developing Broader Impacts for their proposals.

Value Statement: At CIRES E&O, evaluation and educational research respect persons, communities, cultures, and identities. We use a variety of methods, acknowledging there are multiple ways to conduct research or evaluation. Collaborating, listening, and reflecting are important parts of building relationships, thoughtfully choosing methods, understanding data, and interpreting findings. We see educational research and evaluation as part of the process of learning how STEM education and outreach can best support learners, educators, and scientists.

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