INTENTIONAL MUSEUM BLOG

While waiting to get my hands on Nina Simon’s newest book, The Art of Relevance, I enjoyed working my way through her blog, Museums 2.0.  I was especially touched by a pair of posts I’d read just before Labor Day weekend: (1) a “sneak peek” of The Art of Relevance; and (2) an honest, reflective...
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This spring, RK&A undertook an ambitious project with the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History (NMNH) to conduct a meta-analysis of reports from the last 10 years of evaluation completed for the museum.  In this context, “meta-analysis” essentially means reanalyzing past analyses with the goal of identifying larger trends or gaps in research.  This project...
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Interviews are a commonly used data collection method in qualitative studies, where the goal is to understand or explore a phenomenon.  They’re an extremely effective way to gather rich, descriptive data about people’s experiences in a program or exhibition, which is one reason we use them often in our work at RK&A.  Figuring out sample...
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Position Opening: Research Associate Randi Korn & Associates, Inc., is seeking a Research Associate in its Alexandria, VA office. Primary Responsibilities: The Research Associate will be responsible for implementing diverse evaluation projects and services, coordinating contractor data collection teams, collecting and analyzing qualitative and quantitative data, and preparing reports and presentations. Some travel is required....
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Last October, I joined RK&A as their newest Research Associate.  I was quickly whisked up into the world of evaluation, meeting with clients, collecting and analyzing data, and preparing reports and presentations.  As a busy period of late spring work transitions into another busy period of early summer work, I’ve had the opportunity to reflect on my first...
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Update: we are no longer accepting applications for this position. Thank you!   Position Opening: Research Assistant   Randi Korn & Associates, Inc., a consulting firm specializing in evaluating museum programs and exhibitions, is seeking a Research Assistant in its Alexandria, VA office.   Primary responsibilities: Data Collection. The Research Assistant will assist with data...
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Last week the interdisciplinary journal Museum & Society (M&S) released their latest issue, entitled “Sociology and Museums,” to which I’m proud to have contributed. As a doctoral student in sociology, my research looks within the organizational field of museums – comparing art museums and botanical gardens – to explore what sociologists gain by investigating the...
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Sampling is a very important consideration for all types of data collection.  For audience research and summative evaluations in particular, it is important that the sample from which data is collected represents the actual population.  That is, the visitors who participate in a questionnaire or interview should match the entire population of visitors.  For instance,...
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Sample size is a standard question we are asked, particularly for questionnaires since we will be using statistical analyses. For most audience research projects, we recommend collecting 400 questionnaires.  We are not alone in this general rule of thumb—400 is considered by some researchers (and market researchers in particular) to be the “magic number” in...
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There is a reason behind every methodological decision we make as evaluators. While we give great thought to our evaluation design, our thinking is not always transparent.   We have decided to pull the curtain back on our thinking in a new blog series that we are calling “Evaluation Design: A Peek Behind the Scenes.” Our...
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