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This year, I was lucky to receive a full scholarship to attend the 42nd annual Museum Computer Network (MCN) conference in Dallas, TX. For those who don’t know, MCN’s a fantastic organization that focuses on digital engagement in the cultural sector. Here’s a video of some of the highlights from the conference:     I’d...
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Working in research and evaluation, you become very skeptical of words like “data-driven” and “research-based.” To evaluators, it is quite flattering that these words are so buzzworthy—yes, we want our research and evaluation work to be important, used, and even desired! However, even though these buzzwords grab attention, they can be misleading. For instance, when...
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We are gearing up for an adventure in the Pacific Northwest – several members of the RK&A staff will be in Seattle later this month for the AAM annual conference and we are so excited! Be sure to look for us at the conference and check out our panels on Sunday and Monday:   Empathy...
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RK&A’s Stephanie Downey will moderate a session, Getting the Most from Evaluation, for the New York City Museum Educators Roundtable on Wednesday, February 12th at 6:00 pm.  Panelist from The Bruce Museum of Arts and Science, The Wildlife Conservation Society, and The Metropolitan Museum of Art will join her to share their lessons learned and...
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Two weeks ago, I attended the Learning Value of Children’s Museums Research Agenda Symposium.  When I received an email from the project evaluator asking me about what most resonated from the first day of the symposium, I found that my most immediate thoughts had nothing to do with children’s museums, despite the many interesting conversations...
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I love a good story.  Who doesn’t?  It’s how we humans make meaning—we construct narratives to explain and interpret events both to ourselves and for others.  Think about the number of stories you tell or hear in a day, even the mundane ones.  It’s a way to form and sustain connections with others and to...
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This week I’d like to share thoughts about evaluative thinking, in part because two weeks ago I was part of a session at the American Alliance of Museums (AAM) annual conference in Baltimore titled “Evaluation as Learning” (titled as such because learning is the ultimate result of evaluative thinking).  We took a risk:  I set...
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