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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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Summer is here, and with it, a new guest blogger series! Today we are excited to share a new post by our friend Sadiya Akasha of Sitara Systems. Sadiya is a researcher, product designer, and expert on Gen Z (people born between 1995 and 2010).  In this summer series, Sadiya will make the case for...
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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 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 week, Stephanie Downey and Amanda Krantz will present sessions at the NAEA National Convention, March 22-24 in Seattle, WA.  Amanda will share updates about the NAEA/AAMD Impact Study on Thursday, and models for conducting mixed-methods research on Saturday. Stephanie’s session on Saturday will explore various assessment practices and methods as an action research process, and how student learning can be shaped...
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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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In Reflection #3, Emily Skidmore talked about how you can’t rush measuring outcomes and advocated for slowing down and conducting front-end and formative evaluation to improve exhibitions, programs, and experiences prior to jumping into measuring outcomes.  I’d like to piggy-back on the slow movement and talk about Institutional Review Board (IRB) and school district review,...
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Over the years there have been pivotal moments in which we at RK&A tried something out-of-the- ordinary to meet the needs of a particular project that then became a staple in how we do things.  It wasn’t always clear at the time that these were “pivotal moments,” but in retrospect I can see that these...
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