Arts, Culture, and Museums

ACM TIG Week: Evaluation, risk, and our collective power by Jeremy Foutz

My name is Jeremy Foutz, and I’m an ethnomusicologist, evaluator, and principal at STEAM  Workgroup, working with cultural and informal learning organizations. I’m writing this from the position of a cis white man who, although coming from a family that survived on welfare programs, had/has significant levels of privilege. This week of posts from the …

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ACM TIG Week: Audience Impact by Jennifer Novak-Leonard

This post was original released on AEA365 in 2012, and was so popular the first time around, it is being reshared from the archives at the request of the Arts, Culture, and Museums TIG. Hi everyone – My name is Jennifer Novak-Leonard, and I’m a Senior Consultant with WolfBrown, an arts and cultural research and …

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ACM TIG Week: Evaluating our Impact: Priorities and Instruments by Kari Ross Nelson

My name is Kari Ross Nelson. I am the Research and Evaluation Associate at Thanksgiving Point Institute and an independent consultant to museums and other informal learning organizations in the greater Salt Lake City area. My team at Thanksgiving Point is the research partner on an IMLS-funded project, Measurement of Museum Social Impact (MOMSI). This …

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ACM TIG Week: Building Staff Evaluative Thinking (and a Pyramid) with a Guest Needs Hierarchy by Lauren Holley

Hello! I’m Lauren Holley, the Audience and Evaluation Specialist at Space Center Houston. I work with our full organization; as our first in-house evaluator, I am shaping colleagues’ perspectives of evaluation and embedding accountability, iterative improvement, and focus on outcomes into our offerings. Our greatest and broadest offering is our general visitor experience. With consistent …

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ACM TIG Week: Collaborating with Practitioners to Create Relevant Instruments to Measure Library Staff Capacity for Informal Learning Activities by Patricia Montaño, Megan Littrell, Anne Gold, Claire Ratcliffe Adams, & Brooks Mitchell

We are Patricia Montaño, Megan Littrell, and Anne Gold from CIRES Education & Outreach at the University of Colorado, Boulder, and Claire Ratcliffe Adams and Brooks Mitchell from the National Center for Interactive Learning (NCIL) at the Space Science Institute in Boulder, Colorado. We collaborate on the We are Water project to design informal Science, …

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ACM TIG Week: A Research Agenda for Zoos and Aquariums (and Beyond) Part 2 by Emily Kalnicky & Kathryn Owen

Greetings! We are Emily Kalnicky & Kathryn Owen, members of the Association of Zoos & Aquariums’ (AZA) Social Science Research and Evaluation Scientific Advisory Group (SSRE SAG). Following up on yesterday’s post, today we will highlight two of the five research questions from the agenda and opportunities for possible collaboration. Example: Social emotional and physical …

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ACM TIG Week: A Research Agenda for Zoos and Aquariums (and Beyond) Part 1 by Emily Kalnicky & Kathryn Owen

Greetings! We are Emily Kalnicky & Kathryn Owen, members of the Association of Zoos & Aquariums’ (AZA) Social Science Research and Evaluation Scientific Advisory Group (SSRE SAG). Kathryn founded the audience research department at Seattle’s Woodland Park Zoo, and currently consults with nonprofits in the museum and wildlife conservation sectors. Emily is the Director of …

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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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