STEM Evaluation Tools

These tools include youth surveys, point-of-service quality assessment tools, and guided reflection questions. They are meant for afterschool STEM learning programs who want to collect data and use it as part of a Continuous Program Improvement (CPI) process. To learn more about the CPI supports available to all afterschool programs in Minnesota, check out M3 - Making Meaning with Multiple Data Sets.

Common Instrument - The Partnerships in Education and Resilience (PEAR) Institute. A survey for youth 10 years or older that includes 10 self-report items to assess child and adolescent interest and engagement in science. It is administered by PEAR and useable for pre-post analysis to identify impact and areas for improvement.

Dimensions of Success (DoS) Observation Tool - PEAR. An observation tool which defines twelve indicators of STEM program quality in out-of-school time (e.g., afterschool, summer camps, etc.). It was developed and studied with funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF) by the Program in Education, Afterschool and Resiliency (PEAR), along with partners at Educational Testing Services (ETS) and Project Liftoff.

Science Teaching Efficacy Belief Instrument (STEBI). The STEBI is a survey instrument intended to measure science teaching self-efficacy and outcome expectancy in elementary school teachers. While intended for teachers, it can also be used by afterschool program staff involved in STEM learning.