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Key tasks and further details about the research project

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 (Completed March 2019), to:

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

1.2 Undertook a review of existing reviews of SL delivery methods

1.3 Arrived at summaries of a wide range of delivery methods/approaches and their proven impact.

1.4 Identified gaps in impact assessment and in publications describing these.

The Deliverable outputs of this phase are:

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

D1.2 Working papers, bibliographies and reviews of the 7 Groups/45 Methods

Key Task 2: Promotion, adaptation and/or design of impact evaluation methodologies (under discussion)

Should additional funding become available, 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, for selected gaps that have been identified during the process of the Desk Research where it has been possible to attribute cause and effect, adaptations and/or new methodologies for impact evaluation will 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 would be:

D2.1 Documented and widely promoted case studies that bear potential for adaption or replication. 

D2.2 Progress reports of field trials.

Key Task 3: Consolidation of the results and tooling for future implementation (ongoing)

The results of Key Tasks 1 and 2 will be synthesised and drawn together to produce a 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 Summarised results of gaps in impact assessment methodologies, strengths and weaknesses, directions for future research, and challenges.

D3.2 Open online toolkit for SL impact evaluation. 

D3.3 Summary narrative report.

D3.4 Outline of potential future activities.

Key Task 4: Publicity and dissemination (ongoing)

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 Published output and reporting via website and social media.

D4.3 Evaluative dissemination report. 


Updated November 2019

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Co-funded by Evergreen Education Foundation, Hardie Wren Development Initiatives & NIDA