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We are looking forward to the upcoming 2018 Visitor Studies Association Conference, being held in partnership with the Association of Midwest Museums in Chicago. The conference theme is “Fostering Transparency, Strengthening Public Trust.” Three of our staff will be in attendance this year: Stephanie Downey, Amanda Krantz, and Cathy Sigmond. More details on what and...
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Recently, I was invited to speak about quantitative data for The George Washington University’s course, Evaluating Museum Learning.  My task was not to teach students how to conduct quantitative analysis, but rather, to help students become knowledgeable interpreters of quantitative data—whether encountered in their future museum work or the daily newspaper.  Based on my experience ...
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This March, the RK&A staff gathered in DC for a company retreat—an opportunity for all of us to be together in one place and to mix a little bit of business and pleasure as we reflected on the past year and planned for the future.  One of my favorite parts of the retreat was our...
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Happy new year! We are back with another post in the Evaluation Design Series on the topic of pilot-testing data collection instruments, particularly for open-ended interview guides or standardized surveys.  In short, pilot-testing (also called pre-testing) is administering an instrument a few times prior to data collection.  This includes all parts of the instrument, from...
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While waiting to get my hands on Nina Simon’s newest book, The Art of Relevance, I enjoyed working my way through her blog, Museums 2.0.  I was especially touched by a pair of posts I’d read just before Labor Day weekend: (1) a “sneak peek” of The Art of Relevance; and (2) an honest, reflective...
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Ever wonder what we do at RK&A or what it’s like being an evaluator? Cathy recently tackled those questions in a column for the Tufts Museum Studies alumni newsletter called “What’s My Job?,” where Museum Studies alums shed light on what its like to work in a wide range of careers in the cultural sector. Check out...
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Last week, Stephanie wrote a thoughtful piece about the recent upswing in museum professionals who are conducting evaluation and the importance of thinking critically about evaluation. Among other things, she asked “how can the field be sure the results produced are reliable and useful?” You can read the full post here. In an effort to open...
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As a staff, we have noticed the slow by steady upswing in the number of museums doing and requesting evaluation over the years.  While evaluation was uncommon in the museum world 15 or 20 years ago, today many, many museum professionals are enthusiastic advocates for evaluation and view it as essential to their work.  Ultimately,...
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For the last few months, I’ve been on maternity leave with my second child. My first little girl is three years old and I had forgotten many of the nuances of caring for an infant. Through the process of getting to know my new little one, I began to reflect on a drawing that we...
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At RK&A, we think a lot about intentional practice and we encourage our clients to do the same. In planning meetings and reflection workshops, we ask clients to think about which elements of their work align with their institutional mission and vision (check out Randi’s blog post for more about the challenges of alignment). We...
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