HMS MEDscience is currently collaborating with Tina Grotzer, an associate professor of education at HGSE, a principal investigator at Harvard Project Zero, and a faculty member at the Center for Health and the Global Environment at Harvard School of Public Health. With her guidance, we are conducting a study to measure the efficacy of the HMS MEDscience curriculum. We believe the program strengthens student’s critical thinking, confidence and continued interest in STEM fields among many other factors. We are excited to continue our evaluation efforts and to obtain data that will help us illustrate how the unique pedagogy of HMS MEDscience affects our students.
"Expanded Learning Opportunities for Teens", Boston After School & Beyond, 2014 - 2015 Academic Year
With a goal to document and enhance the quality of “out of school time” programs serving Boston City school children, Boston After School & Beyond (a public-private partnership) has embarked upon an ambitious initiative for the 2014 - 2015 academic year, titled Expanded Learning Opportunities for Teens. The HMS MEDscience Program was selected as one of 13 participating programs gathering comprehensive data aimed at documenting and qualifying academic learning, enrichment experiences, and skill development opportunities. Assessment tools include the National Institute Out-of-School Time’s Survey of Afterschool Youth Outcomes Survey (SAYO-Y) and Assessment of Program Practices Tool (APT). Study outcome results will be made available to HMS MEDscience in late 2015.
PEAR - Program in Education, After School & Resiliency
In an effort to document improvement in students’ engagement and interest in the STEM fields after completing our curriculum, MEDscience partnered with PEAR (Program in Education, After school & Resiliency), a joint program between Harvard University and McLean Hospital. Their Common Instrument’s pre-post analysis furnishes formative data in assessing our program’s impact.
Jacobson Family Foundation
Our partnership with the Jacobson Family Foundation began in Spring 2014. With their help, we have deployed a vetted survey to measure program goals and student outcomes. The Jacobson Family Foundation continues to support HMS MEDscience by providing consultation in strategy and expansion.