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Intentional Practice
At RK&A, we think a lot about intentional practice and we encourage our clients to do the same. In planning meetings and reflection workshops, we ask clients to think about which elements of their work align with their institutional mission and vision (check out Randi’s blog post for more about the challenges of alignment). We...
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As I have shared in other posts, I value the concept and four actions associated with Intentional Practice. Of the four quadrants that comprise Intentional Practice—Plan, Align, Evaluate, and Reflect—Align is the most complex, and it comes with baggage; tons and tons of it. At its essence, alignment requires that staff examine all of their...
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As evaluators, we are often asked to help our clients build evaluation capacity among staff in their organization. The motivation for these requests varies. Sometimes the primary motivator is professional development; other times it is perceived cost savings (since conducting professional evaluations can require resources that not all organizations have at their disposal). We welcome...
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For me, intentionality, a concept I view as essential to museum planning, emerged from two core experiences: results from hundreds of exhibition and program evaluations; and observing museum staff wanting to put too many concepts into an exhibition. Intuitively I knew there was a connection between exhibitions that didn’t fare too well (at least according...
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We have been thinking about intentional practice a lot lately.  The article below, written by Randi, appeared in ASTC Dimensions May/June 2008 issue.  If you would like to read more of Randi’s thoughts on intentional practice, be sure to read her 2007 Curator article, “The Case for Holistic Intentionality.” — At museum conferences these days,...
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In March, Intentional Museum announced it’s first blog competition, asking students to reflect on the following question: Through your intentional practice, how do you help enrich the lives of others?  Below you will find the winning post from Faithe Miller McCreery.  Faithe is a graduate student at the University of Washington in Seattle where she...
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Intentional Museum is pleased to announce its first student blogging competition!  In honor of RK&A’s 25th anniversary, we want to hear from tomorrow’s museum professionals about their intentional practice and the impact it can have on the visitor experience.  For our first blogging competition, we ask you to reflect on the following question: Through your...
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Sometimes when learning surfaces slowly, it is barely visible, until one day the world looks different.  Responding to that difference is the first layer of that complex process often labeled as learning.  The Cycle of Intentional Practice was a long time coming—emerging from many years of conducting evaluations, where I worked closely with museum staff...
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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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I know I am not alone in my observation that the quality of technology in museum galleries can be highly variable and too often disappointing in its ability to engage, impart knowledge, or truly enhance visitors’ museum experiences.  The recent integration of technology into the Cleveland Museum of Art by the media design firm Local...
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