Announcement: Formally as of 30 June 2015 (and effectively for
several years before that), Seavoss Associates Inc. has closed
for business. Although this website will remain active for the
time being, we are no longer accepting work.
What we did
Seavoss Associates Inc. specialized in projects that
contribute to public understanding of science, including:
- Evaluation of informal science education and public
understanding of science programs
- Design and implementation of public understanding of science
- Education and training in science communication
Seavoss Associates Inc. also operates a small publishing program. [Note as of 30
June 2015: Although Seavoss Associates Inc. no longer exists,
Bruce Lewenstein continues to run the publishing activities.]
Who we were
Seavoss Associates Inc. was directed by Dr. Bruce V.
Lewenstein, professor of science communication at Cornell
University and an internationally-known expert in public
understanding of science.
Seavoss Associates Inc. recruited other scholars and
professionals in science communication with appropriate
expertise to work on specific projects, with a goal of providing
information of use both to the immediate project and to the
wider intellectual community seeking to understand science
communication and informal science education.
Who we worked with
Seavoss Associates Inc. was a leader in developing
evaluation models for "citizen
science" projects. Some clients included:
Other clients have included the National Science Foundation,
the World Health Organization, KCET-TV (Los Angeles), and the
American Association for the Advancement of Science.
How we worked
Seavoss Associates Inc. worked very closely with
project staff, in order to design programs that meet client
needs. For evaluation projects, we provided informal
feedback throughout the project operation, in addition to formal
evaluation reports (both formative and summative) at major
milestone points in project operation. We believe that
evaluation should be an ongoing function of project management,
and we provide guidance to project staff so that evaluation can
Seavoss strove to design assessments using standard
tools, both to allow for comparison among projects and to
provide an opportunity for publishing results of evaluations in
the scholarly literature. In this way, Seavoss sought
to help the outcomes of individual projects become useful to the
broader community of informal science education.
[Contact information has been removed, as the business no