Arts, Culture, and Museums

BECOME Week: Using Art in Evaluation by Keisha Farmer-Smith

Hi, my name is Keisha Farmer-Smith from Become, better known as Dr. Kei-Kei! I received my nickname from young people in an afterschool program while conducting evaluation and outcomes work. It is an honor to learn from children and help create quality youth development programs. Artwork is one way to creatively explore program strengths, opportunities, …

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DUP Week: Accessible Evaluation Techniques with June Gothberg

Greetings, I am June Gothberg, Ph.D. from Western Michigan University, Chair of the Disabilities and Underrepresented Populations TIG and co-author of the Universal Design for Evaluation Checklist (4th ed.).   Historically, our TIG has been a ‘working’ TIG, working collaboratively with AEA and the field to build capacity for accessible and inclusive evaluation.  Several terms tend to …

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Diego Escobar on Finding ways to bridge the gap between arts promotion and program evaluation

My name is Diego Escobar and I am Director of Institutional Development at Jalisco’s Ministry of Culture. We recently hosted an event that was part of CLEAR-LA’s Evaluation Week Mexico 2016. We were very excited to be part of the program. We took the opportunity to ignite discussion and bring together experts from what sometimes …

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BISE Week: Using the Visitor Studies Association to Engage Evaluators in Research on Evaluation

Hi! I’m Sarah Cohn, Association Manager for the Visitor Studies Association (VSA). VSA and I are a part of the Building Informal Science Education project (BISE). In this post, I’ll share information about VSA and how the Association supported the BISE project. Lessons Learned: VSA served as a platform for the BISE project to engage with …

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BISE Week: Rebecca Teasdale on methods for evaluating public library STEM programs

Hello! I am Rebecca Teasdale, a doctoral student in Educational Psychology specializing in evaluation methodology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. I’m also a librarian and have served as an administrator and science librarian in public libraries. My current work focuses on the evaluation of interest-driven learning related to science, technology, engineering and math …

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BISE Week: Amy Grack Nelson and Zdanna King on Reporting with an Evaluator Audience in Mind

Hi! This is Amy Grack Nelson, Evaluation and Research Manager, and Zdanna King, Assistant Evaluation and Research Manager, from the Science Museum of Minnesota. If you are like us, you may have shared an evaluation report with other evaluators on websites such as AEA’s eLibrary or informalscience.org. Even though opportunities to share reports online are …

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BISE Week: Carey Tisdal on A Framework to Focus Website Evaluation

Hello! I am Carey Tisdal, Director of Tisdal Consulting in St. Louis, Missouri. I work with people who develop informal learning experiences for museum exhibitions, museum programs, documentary films, and media-based projects. Many of my projects include websites as one element of a learning system. I used the Building Informal Science Education (BISE) project as …

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BISE Week: Beverly Serrell on A Review of Recommendations in Exhibition Summative Evaluation Reports

Greetings! I’m Beverly Serrell, museum exhibition consultant, evaluator, and developer with Serrell & Associates in Chicago, Illinois. As a practitioner, I am very interested in finding helpful information to improve my practice in the planning, development, and assessment of exhibits. When the Building Informal Science Education (BISE) project invited me to look at their database …

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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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