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Last week, we at RK&A were delighted at the release of the NAEA/AAMD impact study exploring the effects of facilitated single-visit art museum programs on students in grades 4 to 6.  A common question that we have fielded since we first shared preliminary results of the NAEA/AAMD study at the NAEA National Convention in March...
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I recently had the pleasure of participating in an online forum called Interactive Café, sponsored by the National Art Education Association (NAEA) Research Commission.  For a week, I exchanged ideas virtually with my co-hosts, Olga Hubard of Teachers College Columbia University, Michelle Grohe of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, and Benjamin Tellie of the Charles...
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Whole Garden and West Gallery exhibition [2013] (Read the full report) The United States Botanic Garden (USBG) contracted RK&A to study visitors’ experiences in the current West Gallery exhibition. However, after an initial meeting, USBG recognized that any changes to the West Gallery should be intentional and done in the context of staff’s aspirations for...
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Summative Evaluation of Cyberchase: The Chase is On! [2008] (Read the full report) Children’s Museum of Houston (CMH) contracted with Randi Korn & Associates, Inc. (RK&A) to evaluate the National Science Foundation-funded exhibition Cyberchase: The Chase is On! The exhibition used a popular children’s television show as an entry point to convey two key exhibition...
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The case study below highlights two summative evaluations RK&A did at the California Academy of Sciences (CAS).  Both exhibitions debuted in the new CAS building that opened in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park in September 2008.  Although the two exhibitions use different interpretive methods and have different learning outcomes, the two projects together highlight the...
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The case study below is from a summative evaluation RK&A did with the Wildlife Conservation Society.  The Madagascar! exhibit at the Bronx Zoo is an indoor exhibit that allows visitors to come face-to-face with wildlife from this island habitat.  The exhibit also features a film, Small Wonders, Big Threats, that addresses environmental challenges the island...
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The case study below is from a summative evaluation RK&A completed for the Conservation Trust of Puerto Rico.  Based in Manati, Puerto Rico, the Conservation Trust runs a Citizen Science program for local residents. — Citizen Science [2010] A summative program evaluation with a nature conservancy The Conservation Trust of Puerto Rico collaborated with RK&A...
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The case study below is from a project RK&A did with the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago, IL and highlights the importance of iterative testing. — Future Energy Chicago Simulation [2013] An evaluation of a multimedia simulation for a science museum Between 2012 and 2013, RK&A conducted four rounds of formative evaluation of...
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Emily’s last blog post (read it here) talked about when evaluation capacity building is the right choice.  When we think about building capacity for evaluation, we think about intentional practice.  This does not necessarily involve teaching people to conduct evaluation themselves, but helping people to ask the right questions and talk with the right people...
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Today’s Throwback Thursday comes from deep in the RK&A vault – a study we did in 2002 for the National Museum of American History (NMAH) in Washington, DC. — For Which It Stands: The American Flag in American Life [2002] Study Context The National Museum of American History, Bering Center (NMAH) asked RK&A in 2002...
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