Arts, Culture, and Audiences

VSA Week: Ellenbogen on Evaluating Identity Development in Informal Learning Environments

My name is Kirsten Ellenbogen. I’m Director of Research & Evaluation at the Science Museum of Minnesota and President of the Visitor Studies Association.  I hope you’re enjoying VSA Week on AEA365. Rad Resource: Development of individual identity has for some time been considered an outcome of informal learning environment experiences. But identity has recently …

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VSA Week: Carey Tisdal on Practical Applications of Theory

Hi! I’m Carey Tisdal, Director of Tisdal Consulting, an independent firm that evaluates informal learning environments. Informal learning environments include museums (art, history, science, and children’s museums), science-technology centers, zoos, aquaria, parks, television, and radio. I worked as an internal evaluator for nine years and for six as an external evaluator. Recently, field-building and professional …

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VSA Week: Cheryl Kessler on Visitor Studies Evaluation Methods

My name is Cheryl Kessler and I am an independent consultant doing visitor studies. I conduct program and exhibit evaluations in museums and libraries to understand what and how visitors/users learn from their experiences, what they might do with that information, and how new information is integrated with existing knowledge. My Visitor Studies Week blog …

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VSA Week: R Bonney on Research & Evaluation Partnerships in the Field of Informal Learning

Hello from Ithaca, NY. I’m Rick Bonney, director of program development and evaluation at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. I also am on the board of the Visitor Studies Association, and I’m thrilled by several projects that the organization is developing with a multitude of partners who all conduct research and evaluation in the field …

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VSA Week: Joe Heimlich on Visitor Studies and Evaluation—Looking for the Intersection

Hi! I’m Joe E. Heimlich; some days I’m not sure what I do. I’m a professor at Ohio State University, an Extension Specialist based at COSI, a large science center, and Director for the Institute for Learning Innovation in Edgewater, MD. Why I’m not sure what I do relates specifically to the topic of this …

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Kathleen Norris on Using Simile and Metaphor to Engage in Evaluation

My name is Kathleen Norris and I am an Assistant Professor and Program Coordinator within the doctoral program in Learning, Leadership, and Community at Plymouth State University. An arts organization I work with was stuck when it came to program evaluation. They wanted it, knew they should have it, but didn’t know how to begin. …

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Susan Kistler on Data, Art, and Representation

My name is Susan Kistler, AEA’s Executive Director, and I contribute each Saturday’s aea365 post. I love finding ways to make data understandable and useful. My very first aea365 post was on Data Visualization and I gave a presentation at the 2010 AEA/CDC Summer Evaluation Institute on the Democratization of Data Inquiry (the handout, with …

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