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Evaluation Instruments

Beginning in 2010, our team of researchers at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology set out to create a toolkit of resources for helping project leaders measure participant outcomes. As part of this effort, the DEVISE project (Developing, Validating, and Implementing Situated Evaluation Instruments) developed a set of constructs and associated instruments to measure outcomes such as interest, motivation, self-efficacy, and skills. Below is the list of evaluation instruments developed under DEVISE, and referred to in the User's Guide.


All instruments have been tested with adult audiences, unless otherwise specified. Testing with youth audiences is underway.

Currently available:
In development:
The Engaged Science Learner (youth) - Available from ATIS
Behavioral Intention Scale
Interest in Science (adult; adapted from ATIS)
General Environmental Stewardship Scale
Nature Relatedness Scale (short version)
Perceptions of Science Scale
Self-Efficacy for Science*
Skills of Science Self-Report*
Self-Efficacy for Environmental Action*
Data Interpretation Quiz
Motivation for Science*

Motivation for Environmental Action*


Each instrument comes with instructions for use and scoring.

*These instruments are also available in a customizable version that can be modified to address a particular topic or issue.


Please submit a request to use available scales. In the request form, we ask for basic information that will allow us to provide you with the correct instrument and also enable us to track and understand their use.



If you are interested in helping us test the instruments that are still in development, please contact us at:



This work is supported by the National Science Foundation under grant No. 1010744: DEVISE (Developing, Validating, and Implementing Situated Evaluation Instruments). Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in these materials are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.


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