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The impact of Science Literacy delivery methods - what works?

Updated key tasks/modules following the results of resource discovery within the Desk Research 

Launched in November 2017, the study is designed on a ‘modular’ basis, in order to optimise the involvement and participation of partners and provide flexibility for interested stakeholders to engage with all or part of the work.

Key Task 1: Desk research (November 2017 - December 2018), to:

1.1 Survey existing work on science literacy (SL) delivery methods/approaches which provide data conducive to impact evaluation and assess their strengths, weaknesses and usability.

1.2 Arrive at summaries of SL delivery methods/approaches and their proven impact.

1.3 Provide comparisons in delivery methods where these are current and meaningful.

The Deliverable outputs of this phase will be:

D1.1 Resource discovery of the 5 Groups/45 mechanisms - Download.

D1.2 Bibliographies and individual analyses and reviews of the 5 Groups/45 Mechanisms. - Updated on a regular basis

D1.3 Public database: enabling the search within the full extent of resources (under consideration).

D1.4 Show-casing of proven impact assessment methodologies.

D1.5 Categorisation/matrix tool to be used as a basis for subsequent work is under consideration.

Key Task 2: Promotion, adaptation and/or design of impact evaluation methodologies (October 2018 - May 2019)

Based on proven good practice identified within Task 1, NIDA will invite the preparation of case studies of existing impact evaluation methodologies which bear potential for adaptation and/or replication. In addition, if any gaps are identified during the process of the Desk Research and it is possible to attribute cause and effect, adaptations and/or new methodologies for impact evaluation may be developed in collaboration with interested partners. In the case of the latter, field trials of promising methodologies and performance evaluation indicators will be supported in selected delivery environment categories, chiefly through the engagement of local partners. 

The Deliverable outputs of Task 2 will be:

D2.1 Documented and widely promoted case studies, each in a defined delivery environment. In an instance where the research identifies an evidence gap(s) and NIDA receives requests from partners to adapt or develop a field trial to address this, the process may additionally result in the preparation of a separate study report.

Key Task 3: Consolidation of the results and tooling for future implementation (May 2019 – September 2019)

The results of Phases 1 and 2 will be synthesised and drawn together to produce a comparative study of the evidence of impact of the selected SL delivery methods and conclusions drawn about their value and potential for extended use.

The Deliverable outputs of this phase will be:

D3.1 An interim and a published comparative study.

D3.2 Open online toolkit for SL impact evaluation. 

Key Task 4: Publicity and dissemination

Throughout the activity, there will be ongoing release of progress reports and promotion of results to communities, institutions and agencies of all kinds, locally and globally.  

The Deliverable outputs of this work will be: 

D4.1 Dissemination Plan.

D4.2 Evaluative dissemination report. 


Updated September 2018