Arts, Culture, and Museums

ACM TIG Week: Evaluating Creative Placemaking by Patricia Moore Shaffer

     Hi. I’m Patricia Moore Shaffer, Research & Analysis Deputy Director of the National Endowment for the Arts and served as the 2020 President of the Washington Evaluators. In my role as the agency’s internal evaluator, I began working with the Arts Endowment’s Our Town grant program team in 2016. The Our Town program supports creative placemaking …

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ACM TIG Week: Collaborative Partnerships with Clients as a Foundation for Evaluation and Program Improvement by Yvette Clinton & Sharika Bhattacharya

Hello! We are Drs. Yvette Clinton and Sharika Bhattacharya from ICF and we partner with Young Audiences of Louisiana (YALA) to evaluate their arts-integrated professional development programs implemented in Louisiana schools. These programs seek to increase teachers’ knowledge and capacity for arts-integrated instruction to positively impact student outcomes. As part of our formative and summative …

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ACM TIG Week: Collective Impact Meets Networked Improvement Science by Don Glass

Hi! I’m Don Glass a learning designer and developmental evaluator. I’ve had the privilege of being on the Kennedy Center‘s internal Research and Evaluation team for several years. Of special interest to me has been working with our collective impact initiative to develop shared measurement for equitable access to arts learning opportunities. It has become …

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ACM TIG Week: Supporting Access to Museums through Evaluation by Susan Foutz & Bethany Thomas

Hi! We are Susan Foutz, director of research and evaluation at The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, and Bethany Thomas, vice president of programs and education engagement at the Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites. Our museums are two of the twelve Indiana cultural institutions participating in the Access Pass program. Access Pass provides low-cost admission …

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ACM TIG Week: Finding New Treasures in Old Data: Re-analyzing Past Qualitative Data for Future Learning by Patti Saraniero

Hello! I am Patti Saraniero, an independent evaluator based in San Diego, California, specializing in evaluation in the arts and culture sector.  Like a lot of folks, I have spent time in the last year cleaning out drawers and closets.  One of my cleaning bursts led me to revisit video data from an evaluation project …

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ACM TIG Week: Honoring Community Voices and Multiple Ways of Knowing in Designing STEAM Education Means Doing More than Sending a Survey by Patricia Montaño, Katie Boyd, Christine Okochi, Megan Littrell, & Anne Gold

We are Patricia Montaño, Katie Boyd, Christine Okochi, Megan Littrell, and Anne Gold from the We are Water project based at CIRES, University of Colorado, Boulder. We used evaluation to put community perspectives at the center of designing informal STEAM educational experiences about water in the Four Corners Region where Colorado, Utah, Arizona and New …

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ACM TIG Week: Shifting the Value of Evaluation by Jeremy Foutz

Hello! I’m Jeremy Foutz, principal at STEAM Workgroup and chair of the Arts, Culture, and Museums TIG which addresses evaluation in informal learning environments. For those unfamiliar with the phrase, the informal learning sector includes a large group of organizations, such as libraries, zoos, museums, historic sites, science centers, and arts centers. I’m writing this …

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CEA Affiliate Week: Evaluating informal learning in Chicagoland and beyond By Rebecca Teasdale, Lindsay Maldonado, and Cecilia Garibay

Hello! We are Rebecca Teasdale, Lindsay Maldonado, and Cecilia Garibay—three Chicago-based evaluators who practice in museums, aquariums/zoos, libraries, and other informal learning contexts. Given that Chicago is known for its world-class cultural institutions, it’s a great home base for our work. Today, we’re pleased to share three lessons we’ve learned about evaluation of informal learning …

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LAWG Week: Great Lakes, Great Data: COVES implementation at The Great Lakes Science Center by Scott Vollmer

Hi, I’m Scott Vollmer, VP of STEM Learning at Great Lakes Science Center (GLSC) in Cleveland, Ohio.  I am passionate about my work and find that evaluation data is especially useful when trying to express my passion objectively. Since July 2017, we have been using COVES (the Collaboration for Ongoing Visitor Experience Studies) to collect …

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LAWG Week: Learning from Non-Visitors to the Cleveland Museum of Art by Elizabeth Bolander

My name is Elizabeth Bolander, Director of Audience Insights and Services at the Cleveland Museum of Art (CMA) and President-Elect of the Visitor Studies Association. We do a variety of research and evaluation activities at CMA, all with the goal of learning about the needs of our various constituencies and communities. This work is particularly …

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