Evaluation of Glasgow Science Centre CONNECT Programme

Glasgow Science Centre (GSC) has set out an ambitious plan to improve facilities, widen access, and develop its community-based learning programme and outreach work over the coming years. The CONNECT strategy forms the fundamental driver for these developments and is designed to enable GSC to have a key role within the local region and wider science learning sector. CONNECT aims to transform Glasgow Science Centre into an inspiring community hub and lifelong learning resource. Part of this transformation involves building a new community hub within the Centre and expanding their Community Learning and Development Team. Much of the CONNECT programme is focused on connecting with members of the community who have not traditionally engaged with GSC. The Robert Owen Centre have been engaged by GSC to provide an evaluation of a number of key project objectives including:

  • Greater engagement with deeper scientific ideas by SIMD-deprived or marginalised cultural populations
  • People from SIMD-deprived or marginalised cultural backgrounds attribute a measure of their wellbeing, success or better social integration to GSC activities.
  • GSC’s activities are more broadly covered and commented upon by Glasgow cultural media.
  • GSC is increasingly recognised by the general population as a welcoming and stimulating learning venue.

The evaluation adopts a multi-method approach, involving both surveys and interviews with; Community groups, GSC staff, and partner organisations. The research design has been co-constructed with GSC colleagues. It has been adapted to reflect the impact COVID-19 on the working methods of GSC as well as the evaluation methodology. For example, use of online interviews and focus groups rather than face-to-face meetings during lockdowns.

PI and Co-Is

PI - Stuart Hall - University of Glasgow, School of Education

Co-I - Kevin Lowden - University of Glasgow, School of Education

Deja Lusk

Start and End date

November 2019 – December 2022

Funder and Funding amount

Glasgow Science Centre