INTENTIONAL MUSEUM BLOG

Our team is gearing up for next week’s American Association for State and Local History annual meeting in Kansas City. We’re excited to join public history professionals and volunteers for a few days to discuss the theme of this years meeting: Truth or Consequences. One of our Research Associates, Katie Chandler, will be presenting a session...
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Before I visited Dublin this summer, EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum was not at all on my radar.  And, I must admit that the advertisement “fully digital museum” did not excite me, but I am so glad we gave it a chance because it turned out to be one of the most interesting parts of...
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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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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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