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The following case studies highlight several of our planning, evaluation, and research projects. The summaries review a portion of the project, providing a brief snapshot of our work.

Audience Research


Visitor Experience Study
[2012]
An audience research study for a natural history museum
Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture, Seattle, WA


Study of Young Adults
[2011]
An audience research study with an art museum
Denver Art Museum, Denver, CO


Types of Sports Fans
[2008]
An audience research project with a sports museum
Sports Legends Museum at Camden Yards, Baltimore, MD


Understanding Faculty and Students’ Responses to a Reinstallation of the Permanent Collection
[2008]
An audience research project with a college art museum
Davis Museum and Cultural Center, Wellesley College, Wellesley, MA


What Motivates Young Adults to Visit an Art Museum?
[2008]
An audience research project with an art museum
Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston, MA


Community Perceptions
[2005]
An audience research project with a history museum
Rogers Historical Museum, Rogers, AR


Community Relations
[2004]
An audience research project with a natural history museum
Peabody Museum of Natural History at Yale University, New Haven, CT


Framework for Engaging with Art (FEA)
[2003 - 2005]
An audience research project with an art museum
Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, TX


Visitor Survey
[2001]
An audience research project with a nonprofit coalition
Cultural Tourism DC, Washington, DC


Educational Research


Traveling Through Time
[2010]
An educational research project with a history museum
Museum of the City of New York, New York, NY


The Art of Problem Solving
[2006-2010]
An educational research project with an art museum
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY


Teaching Literacy Through Art (TLTA)
[2003 - 2006]
An educational research project with an art museum
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY


Impact Planning


Whole Garden and West Gallery Exhibition Impact Planning Initiative
[2013]
An audience research and planning project
United States Botanic Garden, Washington, DC


Strategic Plan for Evaluation
[2010]
An evaluation planning project with a children’s museum
Chicago Children’s Museum, Chicago, IL


Impact Planning Initiative
[2010]
An organizational planning project with a science museum
Mid-America Science Museum, Hot Springs, AR


Impact Planning Project
[2009]
An organizational planning project with a natural history museum
Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture, Seattle, WA


Strategic Planning for Education Department
[2009]
A departmental planning project with an art museum
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY


Reynolda’s Plan for the Future
[2009]
An impact-driven organizational planning project with an historic house and art museum
Reynolda House Museum of American Art, Winston-Salem, NC


Program Evaluation


No Country App-Based Multimedia Guide
[2013]
Evaluation of a multimedia guide
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY


Arts 101 School Program
[2012]
A formative evaluation of an arts program
Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC


Science on a Sphere
[2012]
A planning and summative evaluation of a Science on a Sphere program at a science museum
Science Museum of Virginia, Richmond, VA


SENCER-ISE Conference
[2011]
A program evaluation with a science-education non-profit
National Center for Science and Civic Engagement, Washington, DC


Whitten-Newman ExplorOlogy® Program
[2011]
A summative evaluation at a natural history museum
Sam Noble Museum, Norman, OK


Public Programs
[2010]
A program evaluation with an art and culture museum
El Museo del Barrio, New York, NY


Citizen Science Program
[2009]
A formative evaluation with a conservation trust
Conservation Trust of Puerto Rico, San Juan, PR


FAO Schwartz Children’s Center School Programs
[2007]
A program evaluation with a history museum
The Museum of the City of New York, New York, NY


BIG Lesson
[2005]
A program evaluation with a natural history museum
Michigan State University Museum, East Lansing, MI


Exhibition Evaluation


Formative Evaluation: Places of Invention
[2013]
A formative evaluation with a history museum
Lemelson Center of the Study of Invention and Innovation, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institute, Washington, DC


Math Midway 2 Go: Exhibition at the Bay Area Science Festival and the Cambridge Science Festival
[2013]
A summative evaluation for a mathematics museum
National Museum of Mathematics, New York, NY


Nature Lab
[2012]
A formative evaluation with a natural history museum
Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, Los Angeles, CA


Community of Learners Impact Study: Mammoth Discovery!
[2011]
An impact study at a children’s museum
Children’s Discovery Museum, San Jose, CA


The Value of Play
[2010]
A summative evaluation with a children’s museum
Please Touch Museum, Philadelphia, PA


Water is Life and Altered State: Climate Change in California
[2010]
Summative evaluations of two exhibitions for a natural history museum
California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco, CA


Skyline
[2009]
A summative evaluation of an NSF-funded exhibition with a children’s museum
Chicago Children’s Museum, Chicago, IL


Forensic Science Exhibition & Web Adventure
[2009]
A summative evaluation with a science and history museum
Fort Worth Museum of Science and History, Fort Worth, TX


Madagascar!
[2009]
A summative evaluation with a zoo
Wildlife Conservation Society, Bronx, NY


Plants are up to Something
[2009]
A summative evaluation with a botanical garden
The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens, San Marino, CA


Cenozoic / Age of Mammals Hall
[2008]
A front-end evaluation with a natural history museum
Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, Los Angeles, CA


Center for Creative Connections (C3)
[2008]
A summative evaluation of an interactive gallery with an art museum
Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, TX


Wild Music
[2008]
A summative evaluation with a science museum
Science Museum of Minnesota, Saint Paul, MN


Race: Are We So Different?
[2007]
A summative evaluation for a professional association
American Anthropological Association, Arlington, VA


Elephant Exhibit
[2007]
A front-end evaluation with a zoo
The Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens, Los Angeles, CA


Ellis Island’s Hospital and Medical Facilities
[2007]
A front-end evaluation of an interpretive plan with a historic site
Save Ellis Island, Mount Olive, NJ


Vicious Fishes
[2005]
A front-end exhibition evaluation with a science museum
Miami Museum of Science & Planetarium, Miami, FL


CityScape
[2004]
A front-end exhibition evaluation with a children's museum
Chicago Children's Museum, Chicago, IL


Reinstallation of the American Indian Art Collection
[2003]
A front-end exhibition evaluation with an art museum
Denver Art Museum, Denver, CO


Vanishing Wildlife
[2003]
A summative exhibition evaluation with an aquarium
Monterey Bay Aquarium, Monterey, CA


For Which It Stands: The American Flag in American Life
[2002]
A front-end exhibition evaluation with a history museum
National Museum of American History, Washington, DC


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