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OMSI Sustainability Project

Partner: Oregon Museum of Science and Industry

Start Date: September 2009

Duration: Current


As external evaluator, CES oversees research and assesses the impacts on the professional and public audiences targeted by Sustainability: Promoting Sustainable Decision Making in Informal Education, a project funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF).

The individual goals include yearly assessments of the proposed impacts on the targeted audiences through front-end, formative, remedial, and summative evaluation methods. Last year, CES supported OMSI’s efforts to promote sustainability concepts in public venues and though cell phone tags; an innovative system where callers use their phones to hear local sustanability stories. This year, OMSI is investigating the impact of a green exhibit development guide designed by OMSI for the museum industry.

For the front-end research, CES staff conducted in-person interviews with Hispanic families and individuals involved in Hispanic-serving community organizations.For the formative evaluation, CES supported OMSI’s rapid prototype testing of exhibit displays. OMSI’s remedial evaluation, which recently included anaysis of the cell phone campaign and evaluation of the new exhibit, Clever Together: Our everyday choicesCurrently CES staff is conducting the summative evaluation to assess the impacts and indicators of all project deliverables.

CES is also supporting OMSI's efforts to use media and storytelling to examine the impacts of our choices. Listen to online stories of Local Voices, Clever Choices, in English or Español and give feedback in a quick survey.

To learn more about the OMSI Sustainability Project Contact the Project Manager at CES.