INTENTIONAL MUSEUM BLOG

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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Last month, we discussed “The Lost Art of Urban Tracking,” an excerpt from The Urban Bestiary by nature writer Lyanda Lynn Haupt. In this chapter, Haupt describes observation as a practice which “requires in equal measure contemplation, curiosity, art, wonder, poetry, play, and love.” Looking at the word’s Latin roots, ob- and servare, Haupt suggests...
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When consulting statistician Margaret Menninger shared with us “How statistics lost their power – and why we should fear what comes next,” I read the article voraciously and immediately began sharing it.  I have always enjoyed numbers and the ability to use statistics to reveal patterns and trends.  However, I know that others are not...
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Much of Intentional Practice work is about process, and a significant part of process work requires that we talk with each other.  I realize that humans exchange ideas verbally all the time, although given we live in the screen age (computers, phones, and pads), perhaps people are conversing face-to-face less and less.  And perhaps, as...
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Recently at RK&A, we’ve started gathering as an office for a bimonthly “Coffee Break” to discuss current issues and recent developments in the field.  For each Coffee Break, we select a current article, blog post, or other publication for everyone to read and reflect on.  So far, topics have ranged from data visualization to the...
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As you may recall, for the next several months I will be highlighting the seven principles of Intentional Practice.  Last month I wrote about the principle #1: The organization wants to achieve something greater than itself (e.g., impact) among the audiences it serves, and this month I discuss the importance of collaboration to Intentional Practice....
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In keeping with this year’s blog series about how my Intentional Practice has evolved over the last 10 years, I will be using the next seven months to present the seven principles of Intentional Practice.  The emergence of these principles was organic; I did not set out to identify these principles prior to embarking on...
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