Studies

Evaluation of BGCA Great Futures in Science

Topic
Youth Development / Expanded Learning Opportunities
Sponsor
Boys & Girls Clubs of America (with funding from NASA)
PSA Director
Jeanine Hildreth

Funded by the Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA), staff from PSA are conducting an exploratory implementation study of the Great Futures in Science program in operation at selected Clubs nationwide. The evaluation examines how BGCA and participating Clubs design and implement Great Futures in Science Programming in ways that increase youth access to high-quality, project-based Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) programming and increase the capacity of Club staff to engage members in STEM activities.

Data collection is primarily qualitative in nature and will combine data collected via surveys of Club members and program staff, interviews and focus groups with Club staff and Club members, and on-site observations of program activities in five Clubs. The primary goal of the evaluation is to develop a grounded picture of which factors influence member interest and participation in STEM programs; the ability of Club staff to deliver STEM programming; and the extent to which Clubs build and maintain capacity to deliver STEM programming.