Cathy is deeply interested in understanding human behavior through strategic research and evaluation. She holds an M.A. degree in museum education from Tufts University and has several years’ experience working with diverse populations in education and evaluation settings, including recently-arrived immigrants, high school students in France, teachers, and museum visitors. She draws on these experiences to advocate for the user in museums and cultural organizations. As an evaluator, she encourages professionals to continually ask questions of themselves and their constituents to explore their impact on audiences.
“Using Critical Appraisal to Inform Program Improvement.”
Journal of Museum Education, 2017.
By Cathy Sigmond, Amanda Krantz and Theresa Esterlund
This article describes critical appraisal, a method applied by RK&A to help a museum’s education department make data-driven decisions about programming. It discusses the benefits and challenges of this method from the perspective of both the educator and evaluator to highlight its potential utilization for other museum educators.