Educational Research & Evaluation

WCS is committed to advancing the fields of informal and formal science learning through rigorous program evaluation and educational research.

Our monitoring, evaluation and research activities include regular and ongoing data collection and analysis; using this data to improve the quality of our education programs; and contributing to the wider field of research in conservation and science education. WCS's current research efforts (detailed below) are focused on measuring long-term impacts of informal science learning at zoos and aquariums, and strategies that promote STEM interest amongst teens from communities traditionally underrepresented in science careers. Our research is supported by funding from government agencies such as the National Science Foundation, as well as private foundations.

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