RK&A at the 2018 VSA Conference

We are looking forward to the upcoming 2018 Visitor Studies Association Conference, being held in partnership with the Association of Midwest Museums in Chicago. The conference theme is “Fostering Transparency, Strengthening Public Trust.” Three of our staff will be in attendance this year: Stephanie Downey, Amanda Krantz, and Cathy Sigmond. More details on what and when we are presenting can be found below.

Please find us in sessions, in the hallways, or in happy hours, and introduce yourself. We would love to meet you!


Saturday, July 21, 9:45am

What’s the Benefit of Single-Visit Art Museum Programs to Students?

Stephanie and Amanda present a panel session together, along with Missy Higgins-Linder, about the NAEA/AAMD Impact Study.  The panelists will disseminate results of a national study into the effects of single-visit art museum programs on students in grades 4-6. The study was spearheaded by the Museum Education Division of the National Art Education Association (NAEA) and the Association of Art Museum Directors. It was conducted by researchers at RK&A with funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Location: TBD


Saturday, July 21, 9:45am

Critical Appraisal: What’s the Value?

Cathy presents a paper on using a critical appraisal methodology for evaluating programs at the National Building Museum.  For instance, one of the many benefits of this methodology is that it provides data expediently and at low cost. However, the trustworthiness of the data is largely based on the expertise of the evaluator to make judgments as to how to spend time to best understand how a program is functioning. In this session, Cathy will break down the issues surrounding this methodology, welcoming and inviting comments from VSA attendees about the value of critical appraisal as an evaluative tool.

Location: TBD

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