INTENTIONAL MUSEUM BLOG

I’ve enjoyed reading my colleagues’ previous posts on their personal journeys of growth at RK&A—Stephanie’s realization that learning is circular, Emily’s thoughts about the messiness of project communication, Erin’s growth in questioning and active listening, and Amanda’s musings on balancing the needs of systematic evaluation with visitor experience. It is invigorating and inspiring to hear...
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Emily’s post inspired me to think about how I have also embraced some of the messiness of our work, but in another vein—the tension between evaluation and visitor experience. As an evaluator, I love order. Evaluation, by definition, is the systematic examination of the successes and shortcomings in the context of intended impact—systematic being critical...
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We are seeking a research associate to join our Alexandria office! We will continue accepting applications through the end of July. Please see our announcement below for more information. Position Opening: Research Associate RK&A, Inc. Alexandria Office RK&A, Inc., a consulting firm that provides evaluation, research and planning services for museums and other informal learning...
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Spring is here and it’s time for the annual American Alliance of Museums Annual Meeting! Both Stephanie and Randi will be attending the conference in New Orleans. Please look for them and say hello. They’d love to see you!   Tuesday, May 21, 10:00 AM Intentional Practice for Museums: A Guide for Maximizing Impact Book...
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This blog post holds a lot of meaning for me. Not only am I thinking about the 30th anniversary of RK&A and all of our accomplishments, I’m also reflecting on my time here as I prepare to move on to another institution (I’ll be working at the Detroit Institute of Arts!)  In other words, I’m...
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Communication complicates the best laid plans—that is what I have been pondering recently as I reflect on what I have learned in my 11 years working for RK&A.  Communication is pervasive in every aspect of our work, and in life.  It is both omnipresent and invisible, hovering somewhere in the background of every project, waiting...
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We’re heading to Boston this week for the annual NAEA National Convention! Both Stephanie and Amanda will be presenting more findings from the NAEA/AAMD Impact Study. Below are details for each session. We look forward to this event each year and are excited to share more insights into our research on the impact of art...
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Last month I announced that 2019 marks RK&A’s 30-year anniversary, and I described the ways we have continually learned during that span of time.  I pointed out, that for me, the greatest learning happens from doing our work and promised that we would share some examples over the next 12 months.  I sat down to...
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Join Randi Korn on Thursday, February 28th at the Thornton Theater, San Diego History Center for a conversation about her new book! Randi will discuss her book, Intentional Practice for Museums: A Guide for Maximizing Impact, with Beth Redmond-Jones, Vice President of Engagement and Education at the San Diego Natural History Museum.  The book is...
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2019 marks RK&A’s 30th anniversary.  Randi began the company in 1989 after working first as a designer and then as an evaluator, and seeing that all too often exhibitions were developed without visitors taken into account.  I joined RK&A 10 years later in 1999, after deciding I wanted to put my evaluation skills to work...
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