It has been a fun month at KPC, as we found out that both of the scientist scales that we developed for AAAS will soon be published. I’m thrilled that AAAS’s recent work might catalyze practitioners and evaluators to think critically about whether and how to evaluate short-term outcomes for scientists who engage with the public.
If you do this kind of evaluation, you already know that most evaluation to date has focused on the public and not scientists. AAAS commissioned KPC to create two new scales to begin to fill that void, with the hope that we would be able to work together to make contributions to both the science communication and informal learning literatures. And we’ve done just that.
Don’t you just love it when a plan comes together? I’ll post again once the articles are available online. For now, if you want a sneak peek at the scales and our validation methods, click on these links to find a one-pager on the self-efficacy and outcome expectations scales.