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 quarter,  Museum Evaluation Project I,  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 (3 quarters), Museum Evaluation Project II, 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...

Washington Informal Science Education (WISE):  Cross Institutional Demographic Study (Spring, 2014)

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