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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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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...
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Recently, I was invited to speak about quantitative data for The George Washington University’s course, Evaluating Museum Learning.  My task was not to teach students how to conduct quantitative analysis, but rather, to help students become knowledgeable interpreters of quantitative data—whether encountered in their future museum work or the daily newspaper.  Based on my experience ...
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This March, the RK&A staff gathered in DC for a company retreat—an opportunity for all of us to be together in one place and to mix a little bit of business and pleasure as we reflected on the past year and planned for the future.  One of my favorite parts of the retreat was our...
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