INTENTIONAL MUSEUM BLOG

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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RK&A is excited to announce that three of our staff members will be attending the American Alliance of Museums’ Annual Meeting next week!  Both Stephanie Downey and Amanda Krantz are presenting sessions at the meeting.  Stephanie will share a case study on digital learning from the Please Touch Museum on Wednesday morning.  And on Sunday,...
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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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This week, Stephanie Downey and Amanda Krantz will present sessions at the NAEA National Convention, March 22-24 in Seattle, WA.  Amanda will share updates about the NAEA/AAMD Impact Study on Thursday, and models for conducting mixed-methods research on Saturday. Stephanie’s session on Saturday will explore various assessment practices and methods as an action research process, and how student learning can be shaped...
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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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Evaluators love data! We at RK&A work hard to translate data into visualizations to clarify and communicate the essential ideas of the data. When I learned about the “Dear Data” project, I became inspired and suggested that we talk about it at one of our bi-weekly coffee breaks. “Dear Data” is a project by designers...
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When the new issue of the American Evaluation Association’s New Directions for Evaluation arrived in the office, our whole team was excited to talk about it. The fall 2017 volume explored the theories of Paulo Freire, the Brazilian teacher and author whose work focused on social justice issues, such as education, decolonization, labor, and politics. Due to the density...
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As a primarily qualitative researcher, a big part of my job is translating heaps of interview transcripts and observation notes into clear and succinct narrative.  It’s not easy work.  I have always enjoyed writing, but I often struggle to translate my messy web of ideas into coherent sentences and well-organized paragraphs.  So, in an effort...
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Earlier this month, I hopped on a plane down to Austin to attend the American Association for State and Local History conference (AASLH)—my first time attending this conference.  I had a great time presenting at a poster session, eating more than my fair share of breakfast tacos, and attending a lot of interesting sessions around...
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At the start of this year, I started writing about the principles of intentional practice, and to date, I have shared three principles (#1, #2, and #3).  For this post, I feature the next two principles of intentional practice, and I present them together because they are both critically important for achieving the museum’s intended...
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