Arts, Culture, and Museums

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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