NIH Evaluations

NIHOur team is experienced in facilitating partnerships between scientists and educators, and in providing technical assistance to scientists who are interested in learning more about evaluation. Several of our projects for NIH have resulted in publications and conference presentations. Please browse selected examples of our rigorous, independent evaluations for science education programs funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), below.

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Selected Projects Include

  • Coastal Marine Biolabs – Neurolab M3

    NeuroLab M3 is a comprehensive research education program that carefully guides high school students through a series of in-depth, interdisciplinary, and discovery-based explorations of scientific models, model organisms, and model systems in developmental neuroscience. The 5-year project includes immersive residential research institutes in comparative functional genomics for rising juniors and seniors. The evaluation will examine outcomes for participating students using longitudinal surveys and content knowledge tests.

  • Genetic Science Learning Center (GSLC) at University of Utah

    Since 2006, REA has worked with the University of Utah’s Genetic Science Learning Center (GSLC) on evaluation projects for the National Institutes of Health (NIH), conference presentations, and peer-reviewed publications. Our collaborations have included conducting randomized controlled trials (RCTs) to evaluate the impact of high school curriculum supplements on cell biology and epigenetics, and documenting the process of curriculum and assessment development for a National Science Foundation Discovery Research K-12 project on evolution and common ancestry. REA and the GSLC co-authored a paper on randomized controlled trials and a primer on instrument development. They have co-presented on evaluation and educational research topics, such as mixed-methods designs, program implementation and assessment development, at the National Institutes of Health’s Science Education annual meetings.

  • It’s Complex! Engaging Student Discussions around Complex Genetics and Individualized Medicine

    Rockman et al is studying the impact of Touching Triton, an online space-themed interactive created by the HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology. The game is designed to increase high school students’ knowledge about and interest in genetic and environmental factors that might influence the likelihood of developing a complex disease. To inform the design, REA conducted student focus groups, teacher interviews, and classroom observations. REA has also provided consulting on quasi-experimental studies to assess summative impacts. Touching Triton was selected as a finalist in the 2015 Serious Games Showcase and Challenge in the Business Category.

  • Red Hill Studios Wii game

    REA conducted a usability study of a Wii-based video game designed to improve gait and balance in patients with Parkinson’s Disease (PD). Red Hill Studios, developers of the game’s hardware and software elements, in collaboration with researchers at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), received funding from the National Institute of Health’s (NIH) Small Business Innovation and Research (SBIR) program to conduct a Phase 1 feasibility study.