Empowering Western Australians, Scitech’s experiences increase awareness, interest, capability and participation in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).
Continually evaluating our impact identifies how we are achieving our mission and contributes to the roadmap for success into the future. Scitech evaluates its impact in three ways: program evaluations, external studies and social impact studies.
Program evaluations are conducted against Scitech’s mission, program objectives and the international Generic Learning Outcomes framework. The outcomes are reviewed by Scitech’s Impact Team, management, the Scitech Board and stakeholders including the State Government.
External studies on informal science learning are frequently supported by Scitech, including university post-graduate studies and projects by global science centre associations.
Social impact studies are regularly undertaken on Scitech’s programs, often led by external consultants and academics. The studies review the social effects of Scitech’s programs on the community. Following are recent studies; each study has confirmed Scitech is achieving its mission and is measurably benefiting Western Australians.
Great day out at Scitech: evaluating Scitech’s impact on family learning and scientific literacy
Visitors report their Scitech visit to be very interesting, enjoyable, stimulating, informative and educational, regardless of the number of visits they have made.
The majority of visitors to Scitech come with members of their family. This study describes an evaluation framework to assess Scitech’s impact on science learning in family-leisure time and the overall contribution to science literacy.
Led by renowned experts in science education, Emeritus Professor Leonie Rennie and Dr Terrence McClafferty, the study identifies a visit to Scitech has a positive post-visit impact on both adults and children.
Based on the feedback from hundreds of family representatives, the report provides recommendations to further develop the relationship between science and technology with everyday life.