INTENTIONAL MUSEUM BLOG

We are excited to introduce a guest blogger this week: Johanna Jones, former Managing Director of RK&A’s San Francisco office.  Having been with RK&A for 14 years, Johanna contributed greatly to the company’s learning, and thus, we are happy she agreed to reflect as part our 25 years of learning series.   As I think...
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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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This week the informal science education community lost a dear friend and colleague. Alan J. Friedman passed away on May 4th. I had heard about his illness only a few days earlier. He had learned of it only two weeks before that. He and his wife Mickey were left with little time to prepare; and...
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I would like to dedicate this post to Alan Friedman, who passed away on Sunday. I wrote this blog post last week before I heard the news of Alan’s illness. In retrospect, it seems absolutely fitting that I honor him by telling the story of how I went from someone ambivalent about science to someone...
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Lately I have been thinking about how intentional practice seeped into my consciousness. “Seeped” feels like the right verb for a concept that is still evolving and taking shape, admittedly at a slow but steady pace, gently nudging me along. I believe that almost all ideas are influenced by others’ ideas. At the time I...
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As evaluators, we work with museum professionals to collect data around problems they are facing, and not so surprisingly, museums often face similar problems.  In my six years with RK&A, I have definitely seen trends, and certainly in RK&A’s 25 years, the company has as well.  For this reason, I sometimes find myself wondering whether...
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Randi Korn & Associates, Inc., a consulting firm specializing in evaluating museum programs and exhibitions, is seeking a Research Associate in its Alexandria, VA office.  Under the management of a mentor/supervisor, the Research Associate will be responsible for implementing diverse evaluation projects and services; coordinating contractor data collection teams; collecting and analyzing qualitative and quantitative...
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In Reflection #3, Emily Skidmore talked about how you can’t rush measuring outcomes and advocated for slowing down and conducting front-end and formative evaluation to improve exhibitions, programs, and experiences prior to jumping into measuring outcomes.  I’d like to piggy-back on the slow movement and talk about Institutional Review Board (IRB) and school district review,...
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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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Welcome to our new Throwback Thursday series, where we take a moment to look back at projects from our archives.  Today we’ll be sharing a case study about our planning and evaluation work with the Science Museum of Virginia and their Sphere Corps Program.  You might recall this particular Science On a Sphere program from...
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