Test & Evaluate

Make families a partner in exhibit and program development by including them every step of the way.

Evaluation Overview

Evaluation happens at all stages of a project’s development. For exhibit and program design, evaluation can be broken into three phases: front-end evaluation, formative evaluation, and summative evaluation.

Listen to your families

Get Early Feedback

Front-end evaluation is conducted at the beginning of a project. It is all about getting input from potential audiences while developing initial ideas and concepts.

Ask families first


Formative Evaluation allows for prototyping exhibit or program elements with an intended audience before finalizing the experience.

Test and retest

Measure Success

After an exhibit opens or program is completed, when the audience can experience the total “package,” conduct summative evaluation. This final stage of evaluation measures the success of a program or exhibit.

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