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The case study below is from a summative evaluation RK&A did with the Wildlife Conservation Society.  The Madagascar! exhibit at the Bronx Zoo is an indoor exhibit that allows visitors to come face-to-face with wildlife from this island habitat.  The exhibit also features a film, Small Wonders, Big Threats, that addresses environmental challenges the island...
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RK&A’s work with the Perez Art Museum Miami (PAMM) is today’s featured project on the Museum Education Monitor’s (MEM) social media sites!  RK&A has been working with the Perez Art Museum Miami since 2013 to evaluate its Knight School Program, a single-visit program designed to serve all third grade students in Miami-Dade County Public Schools. ...
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Working in research and evaluation, you become very skeptical of words like “data-driven” and “research-based.” To evaluators, it is quite flattering that these words are so buzzworthy—yes, we want our research and evaluation work to be important, used, and even desired! However, even though these buzzwords grab attention, they can be misleading. For instance, when...
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The case study below is from a summative evaluation RK&A completed for the Conservation Trust of Puerto Rico.  Based in Manati, Puerto Rico, the Conservation Trust runs a Citizen Science program for local residents. — Citizen Science [2010] A summative program evaluation with a nature conservancy The Conservation Trust of Puerto Rico collaborated with RK&A...
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A recent Telegraph article announced that the chairman of Arts Council England thinks there should be a one-hour photo ban (on selfies in particular) in art galleries. My first reaction was: “This is an interesting and absolutely horrible idea.” I see how a photo ban could be conceived as a strategy to enhance the visitor...
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The case study below is from a project RK&A did with the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago, IL and highlights the importance of iterative testing. — Future Energy Chicago Simulation [2013] An evaluation of a multimedia simulation for a science museum Between 2012 and 2013, RK&A conducted four rounds of formative evaluation of...
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The most challenging evaluation report I’ve written consisted of 17 PowerPoint slides. The slides didn’t pull the most salient findings from a larger report; the slides were the report! I remember how difficult it was to start out with the idea of writing less from qualitative data. While I had to present major trends, I...
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Emily’s last blog post (read it here) talked about when evaluation capacity building is the right choice.  When we think about building capacity for evaluation, we think about intentional practice.  This does not necessarily involve teaching people to conduct evaluation themselves, but helping people to ask the right questions and talk with the right people...
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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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Today’s Throwback Thursday comes from deep in the RK&A vault – a study we did in 2002 for the National Museum of American History (NMAH) in Washington, DC. — For Which It Stands: The American Flag in American Life [2002] Study Context The National Museum of American History, Bering Center (NMAH) asked RK&A in 2002...
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