Arts, Culture, and Audiences

BISE Week: Amy Grack Nelson on Introducing the Building Informal Science Education Project

Hi! I’m Amy Grack Nelson, Evaluation & Research Manager at the Science Museum of Minnesota. I’m part of a really cool National Science Foundation-funded project called Building Informal Science Education, or as we like to refer to it – BISE. The BISE project is a collaboration between the University of Pittsburgh, the Science Museum of …

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ACA TIG Week: Ivonne Chand O’Neal on the Use of Creativity Measures in Program Evaluation

My name is Ivonne Chand O’Neal, Co-Chair of the American Evaluation Association’s Arts Culture and Audiences Topical Interest Group (TIG) and Chief Research Officer at Creativity Testing Services (CTS), a research consulting firm specializing in the creation and validation of creativity assessments, and applications of creativity testing in corporate, educational, and artistic environments. In this …

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ACA TIG Week: Setting the Stage: Evaluating Live Performance Attendance

My name is Rekha S. Rajan and I am an associate professor at Concordia University Chicago and program leader for the Masters degree in grant writing, management, and evaluation. I am also the author of the books: Integrating the Performing Arts in Grades K-5, Grant Writing: Practical Strategies for Scholars and Professionals, and the forthcoming …

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ACA TIG Week: Jessica Sperling on Initiating an Organization’s Evaluation Program

My name is Jessica Sperling, and I work in research and evaluation for education, youth development, arts/media/culture, and civic engagement programs. I am currently a researcher with the City University of New York (CUNY), where I consult on evaluation for educational programs and for StoryCorps, a storytelling/narrative-sharing program. Before joining CUNY, I had developed StoryCorps’ …

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ACA TIG Week: Steven Holochwost on Looking Deeply: Evaluation That Gets Under the Skin

My name is Steven Holochwost, and I am a Senior Research Scientist at WolfBrown, a consultancy and research firm, and a Visiting Assistant Professor in the School of Education at Johns Hopkins University. In those roles I conduct evaluations of educational programs for children, and in particular, children at risk. Lessons Learned: One of the …

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ACA TIG Week: Don Glass on Seeing the System Using Root Cause Analysis

Hi. I am Don Glass, an independent consultant who is a visual artist, learning designer, and developmental evaluator. Hot Tips: One of the things that I love about attending the AEA annual conference is getting the opportunity to better understand how my work can relate to and be informed by recent debates and developments in the …

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ACA TIG Week: Annabel Jackson on Using Neurolinguistic Programming (NLP) to Capture Non-verbal and Tacit Knowledge

Hi, I am Annabel Jackson, Co-chair of the Arts, Culture and Audiences TIG. My Co-chair, Ivonne Chand O’Neal, and I are delighted to host a week of aea365. Together, we have curated this week-long series to highlight examples of evaluation methods used to explore arts and culture, arts education, arts participation, and informal learning. Featured evaluation …

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Rupu Gupta on Evaluating How Informal Learning Settings Engage the Public about the Environment

Hello, I am Rupu Gupta, Analyst at New Knowledge Organization Ltd. and Co-Chair of AEA’s Environmental Program Evaluation Topical Interest Group. My evaluation work focuses on learning about the environment and conservation in informal settings. As we celebrate Earth Day, I would like to share some reflections on evaluating these experiences. Lessons Learned: Informal learning settings …

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Laureen Trainer and Joy Kubarek on Museum Educators as Evaluators

Hello from Laureen Trainer, Principal of Trainer Evaluation in Denver and Joy Kubarek, Vice President of Learning for Shedd Aquarium in Chicago. We both came from museum education backgrounds and now find ourselves in the world of evaluation where we work to improve museum practice, advance our industry, and demonstrate value. We are also passionate …

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Julie Carpineto and Kelly Washburn on Using a Creative Evaluation Project to Engage Youth

Greetings to the aea365 community.  We are Kelly Washburn and Julie Carpineto from The Institute for Community Health in Cambridge, MA.  We are the local evaluators of an urban high school-based teen pregnancy prevention program in Greater Boston. We would like to share an example of a creative evaluation project developed with this program. Over 90 high students participated in …

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