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The NC Science Festival data placemat (pictured above) was born out of a team discussion as we prepared for the 2018 EvalFest data visualization workshop.

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Before the workshop, we were given a homework assignment to create audience persona sheets to emphasize the groups we wanted to target with our data story. Armed with these audience personas and access to data from our own festival as well as the EvalFest community, we started to create a document that could serve as a conversation starter for our Advisory Board members. When Karen Peterman, our external evaluator and EvalFest co-PI, suggested the idea of a data placemat, we realized this was exactly the format we needed for this purpose. It allowed us to create a large visual document with sections to address the needs and interests of various Board members. The placemat was also a perfect fit for our luncheon-style Board meetings.


The full range of science festival teams from across the U.S.


Surveys collected from publics who attend science festival events.


Tried and tested methods developed to evaluate science festivals.

Who is EvalFest?

Founded in 2014 with funding from the National Science Foundation, the EvalFest community of practice has developed, tested, and fine-tuned evaluation methods and practices with 25 science festival partners across the U.S.  Though tested with science festivals, EvalFest now offers a suite of tried and tested resources available free of charge to the broader community to help evaluate and learn about informal STEM learning activities.


Current insights on the science festival community.

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