THE EVALUATION & PROTOTYPING SECTION IS UNDER CONSTRUCTION. CHECK BACK SOON. Like washing their hands and flossing their teeth, everyone says they do it, but … the best laid plans for prototyping and evaluation are often abandoned. We’ll convince you why trying things out and listening to your visitors will change the way you think about and design […]
Listen to your families. Evaluation is the only way to ensure you’re giving families what they want and producing the most successful product you can.
Like prototyping, IDEO‘s Design Thinking encourages a group of people to problem-solve using a collaborative form of brainstorming, strategizing, testing, and revision. This Design Thinking Toolkit provides educators with a step-by-step process for designing “solutions” for a classroom that can also apply to exhibit and program design.
Designed for museum educators and informal science education professionals without formal training in evaluation, this guide explains team-based inquiry (TBI) and how it can be used as a tool for developing or improving educational experiences in museums such as programs and exhibits. TBI consists of a continuous cycle with four main phases: question, investigate, reflect, […]
This article describes “a range of front-end research studies intended to develop more specific knowledge concerning parent beliefs about how and what their children might learn from a museum visit, and how parents might be involved in that learning…the team then developed and user-tested prototype signage for the new exhibit spaces.” Swatz, Mallary I. and […]
Sue Allen discusses how the diversity of experiences at the Exploratorium gave her an opportunity to “make comparisons among the kinds of learning experiences visitors have with different types of exhibit elements.” Allen also includes her advice on various methods of data gathering and analysis for exhibit evaluators.
Minda Borun discusses why it’s so important to get to know your audience and allow their interests to inform your exhibits and programs. Remember the Visitor’s Perspective By Minda Borun The Franklin Institute and Museum Solutions Visitors come to the museum with all levels of knowledge and preconceived ideas. Some ideas are developmental; they are […]
People often respond to an exhibit in ways that are difficult to predict. Testing the exhibit with visitors is vital in making the relationship between visitor and exhibit as effective as possible. An example of the value of front-end study at the USS Constitution Museum shows the value of understanding visitor preferences. Why Listen to […]
Minda Borun explains the evaluation process from designing a study and collecting and analyzing data, to writing the report. A professional evaluator is important to have on hand for the whole evaluation process, especially for designing the study and for data analysis. Borun explains the different types of evaluation including front-end, formative, remedial, and summative. […]
So you’ve decided you want to conduct a visitor survey. Now what? It all depends on what kind of information you want to collect.
Formative evaluation is conducted when you have something to show your audience.