Katie Chandler, Research Associate


Katie excels in helping cultural organizations apply evidence-based decision-making. She has a background in history, an M.A. in anthropology from the University of Arizona, and conducted cultural research at the Bureau of Applied Research in Anthropology. Katie has also worked in market research for higher education, where she answered high-impact questions for universities through customized research reports. She enjoys using qualitative and quantitative data to help cultural organizations explore and evaluate informal learning experiences and outcomes.

Katie Chandler

Published Works, Select Articles By Katie Chandler

“Digital Interactive Experiences in a Children’s Museum.”
Exhibition, 2018.
By Katie Chandler and Jennifer Kalter

The Please Touch Museum recently launched a Digital Learning Initiative, moving toward creating a children’s museum experience that reflects the growing role of digital experiences in our lives today.  As a part of this initiative, PTM worked with RK&A to research emerging trends in digital experiences for children in museums and conduct audience research to explore visitor and stakeholder expectations around digital experiences in children’s museums. This article highlights key findings of the research, focusing on emerging approaches to digital experiences for children in museums, as well as visitor and stakeholder perceptions of and concerns about digital experiences. 


“Inspiring Planet-Saavy Citizens: Evaluation as a Tool for Organizational and Social Change.”
Exhibition, 2017.
By Katie Chandler, with Kara Blond and Shari Werb

This article explores how the National Museum of Natural History and RK&A analyzed 10 years of museum evaluation to build the institution’s accumulated knowledge by identifying and understanding trends over time. It also discusses how the framework RK&A and the museum developed will enable the museum to consistently measure the results of critical exhibition content, and explore the museum’s longitudinal impact on visitor attitudes and engagement.

This article first appeared in the journal Exhibition (Fall 2017) Vol. 36 No. 2 and is reproduced with permission. www.name-aam.org

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The Winged: An Upper Missouri River Ethno-ornithology
University of Arizona Press, 2017.
By Katie Chandler, with Wendi Field Murray, Maria Nieves Zedeno, Samrat Clements, and Robert James 

This book integrates published and archival sources covering archaeology, ethnohistory, historical ethnography, folklore, and interviews with Native American to explore how relationships between people and birds are situated in contemporary practice, and what has fostered its cultural persistence.