Touring science exhibitions were not much funded or widely conducted before the Outline of National Scheme for Scientific Literacy was issued by National Congress in 2006, which is aimed at improving the scientific literacy of Chinese citizens by implementing four main activities and four main social projects. In order to implement the Project of Resources Developing and Sharing, which is one of the four main social projects to strengthen science popularisation of China, the China Association of Science and Technology (CAST) conducted several projects since late 2005 to support the museums and science centres who lack money and personnel to develop exhibitions by themselves, especially those in mid-sized and small cities. The touring science exhibition is a way to share resources across China and reduce the cost of creating exhibitions. As a project management measure, evaluation was conducted to measure the social effects of touring science exhibitions. This paper focuses on the evaluation framework of touring science exhibitions.

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An Evaluation Framework of Social Effects of a Touring Science Exhibition

Zhimin Zhang   China Research Institute for Science Popularization, Beijing

Fujun Ren   China Research Institute for Science Popularization, Beijing

Touring science exhibitions were not much funded or widely conducted before the Outline of National Scheme for Scientific Literacy was issued by National Congress in 2006, which is aimed at improving the scientific literacy of Chinese citizens by implementing four main activities and four main social projects. In order to implement the Project of Resources Developing and Sharing, which is one of the four main social projects to strengthen science popularisation of China, the China Association of Science and Technology (CAST) conducted several projects since late 2005 to support the museums and science centres who lack money and personnel to develop exhibitions by themselves, especially those in mid-sized and small cities. The touring science exhibition is a way to share resources across China and reduce the cost of creating exhibitions. As a project management measure, evaluation was conducted to measure the social effects of touring science exhibitions. This paper focuses on the evaluation framework of touring science exhibitions.

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