The Museology Evaluation Group began in 2009, as part of an Institute for Museum and Library Services grant called "New Directions in Audience Research", to develop a strand of coursework and professional experience that would teach students about the process of conducting Visitor Studies & Evaluation within informal learning sites and the importance of evidence-based museum practice.
To participate students may take up to five quarters of coursework and Directed Fieldwork in the following progression:
- Introduction to Museum Evaluation course where students learn the basics of evaluation planning and Impact development.
- Spring Directed Fieldwork where students get hands-on experience collecting data from visitors in local museums, while focusing class time on learning best practice in data collection protocols, project management, analysis, and effective reporting techniques.
- Yearlong Directed Fieldwork (3 quarters) that places students in small teams to work with a local museum to design, conduct, report and present on an original evaluation project.
- Those that complete all five quarters will recieive a formal Specialization in Museum Evaluation noted on transcripts.
Check out this year's Evaluation Snapshot recordings!
Findings from our yearlong project teams (2013-2014). Watch the presentations here!
Past year's evaluation reports created by our Yearlong Directed Fieldwork evaluation teams...
- Summative Evaluation of the Renovated Harbor Seal Exhibit at the Seattle Aquarium (2014)
- Getting to Know Family Audiences: Use of Family-Oriented Programming at MOHAI (2014)
- Formative Evaluation of the Lobbry Experience and Resources at the Henry Art Gallery (2014)
Past partner sites involved with the Museology Evaluation Group:
- Burke Museum
- EMP Museum
- Frye Art Museum
- Henry Art Gallery
- Museum of Flight
- Museum of History & Industry
- Northwest AfricanAmerican Museum
- Pacific Science Center
- Seattle Aquarium
- Washington Park Arboretum
- Woodland Park Zoo