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In my first post in this IRB 101 series, I described what IRBs are and why they exist (i.e., to protect research participants). In the second post, I focused on describing potential risks to research participants.  This third post defines criteria for human subjects research by breaking down the term “human subjects research.” Who are...
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In my first post in this IRB 101 series, I described what IRBs are and why they exist.  IRBs exist to protect research participants.  In this second post, I focus on risks to research participants.  What are risks to research participants? Risk is the probability that harm will occur.  All research involves some level of...
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Last week, I led an IRB 101 workshop for the Visitor Studies Association.  IRB is the acronym for Institutional Review Board.  That short three-letter acronym, IRB, can instill a lot of fear and anxiety in researchers and evaluators for multiple reasons.  For one, IRBs are an oversight organization, so non-compliance can have repercussions.  Additionally, the...
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Upon commencing a study that requires intercepting visitors on the museum floor, we are often asked by staff (sometimes nervously), “Will people say yes to participating in a survey, interview, etc.?”  Our answer is always yes, and we often state that you would be surprised how many agree to participate.  Generally about 65 to 80...
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When museums started closing to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in early March, there were surges of digital initiatives across all institutions meant to reach new and existing audiences while doors were closed. It’s an amazing and overwhelming time to be involved in the digital side of museums. However, I propose that online resources are...
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Emily’s post inspired me to think about how I have also embraced some of the messiness of our work, but in another vein—the tension between evaluation and visitor experience. As an evaluator, I love order. Evaluation, by definition, is the systematic examination of the successes and shortcomings in the context of intended impact—systematic being critical...
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We’re heading to Boston this week for the annual NAEA National Convention! Both Stephanie and Amanda will be presenting more findings from the NAEA/AAMD Impact Study. Below are details for each session. We look forward to this event each year and are excited to share more insights into our research on the impact of art...
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We’re excited to participate in the 2018 Museum Computer Network Annual Conference in Denver next week.  The conference theme is “Humanizing the Digital” – presentations will investigate how museums can use technology to foster human connection and dialogue, advance accessibility and inclusion, and champion inquiry and knowledge.  Our very own Cathy Sigmond and fellow evaluator...
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We’re staying busy with multiple conferences and events this fall season! Next week we will be in Jackson, MS for the Southeastern Museums Conference where we will share and listen about this year’s theme: Museums Rise Up! Research Associate Erin Wilcox will present a session with Lauren McMurtray, Assistant Director of Development at the Mississippi...
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Students are back in school and today we are pleased to feature a guest post from our consulting analyst Gemma Mangione. She offers insights into her teaching practice in the Arts Administration program at Columbia University. Evaluation factors into the Association of Arts Administration Educators’ graduate and undergraduate curriculum guidelines across an array of areas...
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