Learning Research and Evaluation Group

At NCIL, we believe that evaluation is central to providing exciting and effective learning experiences. The Learning Research and Evaluation Group oversees internal evaluation for NCIL's projects and products (Director: Kate Haley Goldman).

We also conduct evaluation for outside organizations. Our focus is on providing results that assist clients in making data-based decisions. We value collaboration. We honor your needs. We have high standards for our work, just as you have high standards for your project.

Our expertise extends to all areas of evaluation work, including audience research, front-end, formative research, process and implementation evaluation, and summative evaluation. To help organizations build internal capacity and evaluative thinking, we offer custom-designed consultations and professional development workshops. We have experience with evaluating grants from Federal agencies, including NSF, NASA, NOAA, and IMLS among others.

We'd like to talk with you further about your project or proposal, discussing your goals and objectives, funding needs and opportunities, timetable and action plans, research and evaluation methodology, and publication potential. Contact Kate Haley Goldman at HaleyGoldman@ncil.spacescience.org to begin the conversation.

Current NCIL Projects

  • Making Space Social (Funding: NSF and NASA)
  • Space Weather Outreach (Funding: NSF)
  • STAR Library Education Network: a hands-on learning program for libraries and their communities (Funding: NSF)

Current External Projects

  • Open Exhibits (Funding: Ideum/NSF)
  • Bill Nye's Climate Lab (Funding: Chabot Space and Science Center and the Moore Foundation)
  • Merlin (Funding: Cornell Lab of Ornithology)
  • Creating Museum Multimedia for Everyone (Funding: Museum of Science, Boston and NSF)