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  • Date: 06/29/2022
    Resource Category: Report
    One of the many ways that scientific societies and associations aim to support and encourage public and civic engagement among their membership is by conferring awards to those who excel in these areas. This report describes research designed to better understand this class of awards (referred to throughout this report as “engagement awards,” ... »
  • Date: 03/09/2022
    Resource Category: Research Brief
    The ICBOs (Independent Community-based Organizations), a group of fifteen community representatives from communities historically excluded from the sciences, share results from eight years of community-led de-colonial participatory action research. We wrote this white paper to share our findings and recommendations with funders like the National ... »
  • Date: 02/08/2022
    Resource Category: Research Brief
    KQED, a San Francisco based public media organization, is interested in broadening participation and attracting and engaging a younger and more diverse audience, especially millennials, for their science media. The KQED science team is one of the largest reporting teams in the West with a focus on science news and it’s YouTube series, Deep Look . ... »
  • Date: 12/20/2021
    Resource Category: Research Brief
    Media researchers from Texas Tech University, evaluators at Rockman et al, and KQED, a public media organization serving the San Francisco Bay Area, set out to understand the COVID-19 information needs of its community to assist KQED science journalists with their health coverage. This is a summary of what we learned. ... »
  • Date: 08/15/2021
    Resource Category: Research Brief
    An independent evaluator and a group of investigators from three AISL projects focused on public engagement with science (PES) collaborated on a paper about research-practice partnerships for PES. This two-page brief summarizes their key points. ... »
  • Date: 07/31/2021
    Resource Category: Research Brief
    This report summarizes the project work and research findings for a project designed to address racial justice through a STEM lens, in Minnesota communities, in the wake of George Floyd's murder. The project was rooted in principles of power sharing and co-creation. Though ultimately challenging, and not entirely successful according to the ... »
  • Date: 07/31/2021
    Resource Category: Research Brief
    Inclusive science communication, or ISC, upends the traditional approaches of science communication by centering the values of inclusion, equity, and intersectionality. To help more science communication and informal learning practitioners and researchers apply the key traits of ISC in their work, collaborators at the University of Rhode Island, ... »
  • Date: 07/07/2021
    Resource Category: Research Brief
    Kid-focused STEM podcasts have grown in popularity over the years, but the ISE field lacks knowledge of the impact and value of this medium as a means for engaging children and families in science learning and discovery. This research summary shares the results of an exploratory study of the popular children's science podcast, Brains On!, in an ... »
  • Date: 06/30/2021
    Resource Category: Research Brief
    Are you interested in co-creating fun activities that exercise groups’ engineering practices? Are you curious about the types of practices that groups can exercise through exhibits? The Framework of Collaborative Practices at Interactive Engineering Challenge Exhibits (C-PIECE Framework) provides informal education professionals with a guide when ... »
  • Date: 06/01/2021
    Resource Category: Research Brief
    This brief shares youth development insights from a museum-based, informal science learning program that uses STEM as a tool for social justice. Key to the success of this program were young people and adults feeling at home in a welcoming, diverse, and inclusive space; activities that focused on connecting and relationships; a holistically ... »

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