Chris Parsons


Full Name

Chris Parsons


Business Principal & COSEE NOW Evaluator


Evaluator/Education Researcher


Word Craft, Monterey, CA

Affiliation Type



Monterey, CA USA

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Professional Bio

Writer, educator and evaluator — those are my hats. I’ve been dedicated to informal science education for more than 30 years. In 1986 I started Word Craft — a small business specializing in the development, writing and evaluation of science programs, exhibits, websites and teaching materials. My background is diverse — a BA in biology, MA in educational technology and MBA. As part of COSEE NOW I’m the project evaluator.

Personal Interests

My Research Interests

Making education programs more effective

My Teaching Interests

Evaluation in informal science education settings
Writing for the public in informal science education settings

Recent Publications

Parsons, C. (2007). Web-based surveys: Best practices based on the research literature. Visitor Studies, 10(1), 13-33.
Owen, K., Murphy, D. & Parsons, C. (2008). ZATPAC: A model consortium evaluates teen programs. Zoo Biology 0:1-18.

My Hobbies

Kayaking, kayaking & kayaking
Walking on the beach with Steve (my sweetie) and Neeka (German shepherd)

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