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The evaluation of out-of-school STEM learning is a hot topic among practitioners, researchers, funders, and policy makers. Practitioners experience the impact afterschool STEM programs have on students—they see youth engaged in and excited about STEM activities, asking questions, and wanting to learn more. However, stakeholders often want data that substantiates such claims and demonstrates positive changes in a variety of outcomes. In a new paper, “Examining the Impact of Afterschool STEM programs (PDF),” the Afterschool Alliance looked at evaluation data of strong afterschool STEM programs to examine the types of impacts these programs are having on participating youth. This webinar explored the report findings and other research and evaluation trends happening in the informal science and afterschool field.

Guests for this webinar included:
Melissa Ballard, Afterschool Alliance
Paul Oh, National Writing Project

Afterschool Alliance
Afterschool Alliance Report: Examining the Impact of Afterschool STEM Programs
Afterschool Alliance STEM Impact Report Blog Post
Learning Ecosystems
Project Guts
Science Action Clubs at California Academy of Sciences
Science in Society at Northwestern University
How Cross-Sector Collaborations are Advancing STEM Learning
Pear Program at Harvard
Connected Learning Alliance

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