INTENTIONAL MUSEUM BLOG

With the new year in swing, I have jumped into professional development mode.  I was gifted a subscription to MasterClass and have been watching lessons on business leadership and strategy by Bob Iger, the CEO of Disney.  His advice and experience immediately resonated with me.  He relishes the solitude of morning hours to prepare for...
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As we come to the end of 2019 and RK&A’s 30th anniversary blog series, I’d like to share one final post.  To prepare, I re-read each RK&A at 30 blog post.  What staff wrote reveals a lot about who they are as people and how working as an evaluator has affected their growth. What strikes...
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Recently, I listened to the audiobook “Invisible Women: Data Bias in a World Designed for Men”—a must read/listen if you like data and are interested in UX design.  The author, Caroline Criado Perez, writes about a data gap that disadvantages women in many facets of their life.  One point that particularly grabbed me was the...
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When Stephanie asked me to write a post about what I have learned over the many years I have been working with museums, my brain froze.  I found this a tough assignment to tackle, mostly because I have learned so much.  After thinking about it for weeks, I felt compelled to list all the cool...
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A few weeks ago, I attended one of six in-person regional workshops offered by IMLS for potential grantees to learn about the grant programs for museums. This year the applications for all six grant programs are due on the same day, November 15. As an evaluation firm, RK&A does not apply for grants, but we...
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I’ve had the pleasure of reading my colleagues’ RK&A at 30 reflections over the past few months before sitting down to write my own.  Even still, it’s been tough to distill my feelings about my own personal growth into words.  As Stephanie said, recognizing learning is hard because it is often non-linear and happens slowly...
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Danielle Rice was our field’s determined intellectual—a deeply thoughtful museum leader and beloved educator (to her staff; visitors; and later, to her students) who always adeptly argued her point verbally and with the written word.  She was an art missionary who wanted to see our field “retire this ancient debate pitting aesthetic appreciation against quantifiable...
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Toronto, here we come!  Cathy and Katie will be attending the Association of Science-Technology Centers Annual Conference this year.  We would love to see you and say hello.  You can find us at our sessions below:   Saturday, September 21, 11:45am How to Communicate Climate Change: Key Takeaways from Program Evaluation Explore successes and challenges...
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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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