Yearlong Project Reports
See screencast recordings of these report presentations and more on our YouTube channel!
Informalscience.org is online community and resource for those interested in Research and Evaluation within informal learning settings like museums, zoos, aquaria, and botanical gardens. Since 2009, the New Directions in Audience Research Initiative has used Informalscience.org as a way to publish project reports created by our graduate student teams who conduct evaluation within our partner institutions here in Seattle. All of our students are encouraged to create a profile on Informalscience as a way to connect and become involved with the informal learning community and also as a learning tool in seeking out and using research and evaluation reports published by other professionals in the field. Anyone may join Informalscience, and may view our project reports by connecting with us through joining the UW Museology Graduate Program group.
Visitor Studies Association
Students who participate in New Directions also become exposed to the work of the Visitor Studies Association (VSA), an international association of museum professionals who conduct, and use audience research & evaluation within museums. The VSA hosts an annual conference each summer, and since 2009, our graduate students have presented their evaluation projects during the VSA's poster session. The annual conference is a fantastic opportunity for students to network with museum professionals and other students, while showcasing their own academic work. Our students and alumni often become involved in VSA through volunteer work within its various professional committees, as well as participate in regional workshops held by VSA, the most of recent of which was held here in Seattle on UW's campus. Museology faculty also serve leadership postitions, both past and current, within VSA.
New Directions alumni present their poster at the annual VSA conference