Evaluation: Getting Started
This three hour workshop is targeted at colleagues that are new to evaluation.
The session starts with an overview of visitors’ studies and evaluation including their importance and use, clarification around the different terms and an introduction to the audience research cycle. It continues with developing practical activities for participants own learning programmes or exhibitions.
Participants are requested to bring along information in English of programmes or exhibitions that they would like to evaluate. This information should cover the programme objectives, the learners’ outcomes, a brief description of the programme/exhibition and the measures of success.
Course prerequisite: a good use of the English language
Gina has been a CECA member since 1992. She is Head of National Programmes and Projects at the Imperial War Museum and a Museums Association mentor. Previously, she worked in exhibition development, interpretation, learning programmes and visitor studies at Tate, the Natural History Museum and the Science Museum in London, UK; the Foundation of the Hellenic World, the Hellenic Children's Museum and Christies the auctioneers in Athens, Greece. Gina has also served as Councillor at Large of the Museums Association, Deputy Chair of the Visitor Studies Group, European Representative of the Visitor Studies Association and Regional Representative of the Handson!Europe Association.
Art a la Cart, Our Hands-on Program for Families
In the US, hands-on carts are a popular device to engage museum visitors, typically in science and history settings. The Smithsonian American Art Museum's Art a la Cart program has successfully adapted the hands-on carts program to an in-gallery program for all Museum visitors with a focus on families with children, ages 7-12. Our stable of eight, theme-based carts are located throughout the Museum with a range of objects and activities to help visitors to learn about our collections in appropriate tactile ways.
The workshop will introduce colleagues to development, testing and revision, implementation of Art a la Cart.
Susan Nichols, Lunder Education Chair, Smithsonian American Art Museum
Susan Nichols has worked with museums and cultural institutions for 30 years. In 2003, she was appointed Lunder Education Chair at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, and its Renwick Gallery. Ms. Nichols leads an active program of school programs that includes gallery tours and real-time video conferences, volunteer management, teacher training and outreach services for students and adults. Previously, Ms. Nichols was founder and director for 15 years of Save Outdoor Sculpture! (SOS!), a national inventory of America’s outdoor sculpture. She has consulted in England, Australia, and Russia and edited two volumes of writing about museum education. Prior to that she designed, managed and operated cultural education tours for Academic Travel Abroad, Inc.
Pre - conference workshops developed from the idea of sharing knowledge and skills among CECA members. Workshops are designed for colleagues with less experience in the proposed workshop themes. No special fee will be charged for participation. Participants are asked to contribute for drinks and snacks at the spot in the amount of 10 EUR.
Workshops will be held at two parallel time slots during morning and afternoon. Those who are interested will be able to participate in both workshops.
Workshops will be held on Friday, September 16 from 10,00 -13,00 and from 15,00 – 18,00.
Maximum number of participants per workshop is 20.
Working language is English, no translation provided.