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  • Web 2.0 at the Museum of Life and Science: Final Report for the Take Two Institutional Research Study at the University of Washington
    Date: 12/01/2011
    Resource Category: Evaluation Reports
    The Take Two Institutional Research Study was an ethnographic case study of the contributions of Web 2.0 philosophy and technologies to museum practice and staff development at the Museum of Life and Science in Durham, North Carolina. It used a naturalistic methodology to investigate staff members' relationships with each other and their publics ... »
  • Language of Conservation Replication: Process Evaluation Summative Report
    Date: 11/01/2011
    Resource Category: Evaluation Reports
    The Language of Conservation was a collaborative project between libraries, zoos, and poets nationwide to replicate a project originally undertaken by the Central Park Zoo. The project model built zoo, library, and poet-in-residence partnerships in five host cities: Brookfield, Illinois; Jacksonville, Florida; Little Rock, Arkansas; Milwaukee, ... »
  • Exhibit Lab: Developing a Community of Practitioners
    Date: 10/01/2011
    Resource Category: Project Descriptions
    The four New England museums of the Environmental Exhibit Lab (EEC) set out in the Fall of 2011 to create a replicable model of collaborative professional development for small museums. At small institutions, impending deadlines, budget and staffing limitations, and professional isolation all too often get in the way of true innovation. The goal ... »
  • Reinterpreting Jungle Trails to Engage Families
    Date: 10/01/2011
    Resource Category: Project Descriptions
    Research shows that the main motivation of people who come to zoos is to have quality time with their families. At the Cincinnati Zoo, we have placed a strategic focus on becoming more visitor-focused, with a commitment to better understanding their needs in a free-choice learning environment. This includes tailoring interpretive exhibits to ... »
  • Audience Research: Study of Young Adults to the Denver Art Museum
    Date: 08/01/2011
    Resource Category: Evaluation Reports
    The Denver Art Museum (DAM) contracted Randi Korn & Associates, Inc. (RK&A) to study its young adults. The study, funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), provides a profile of the young adult audience, including their demographics, behaviors, perceptions, and values. The DAM intends to use the results of the study to ... »
  • Safari Adventure: Developing a family zoo exhibit to better connect our community to nature
    Date: 07/31/2011
    Resource Category: Project Descriptions
    In 2011, the Institute of Museum and Library Services awarded the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) a Museums for America – Engaging Communities grant to explore the development of a new family exhibit at the Bronx Zoo, "Safari Adventure." Our aim with this exhibit is to provide better connections to nature for families in our community and ... »
  • Labs in Life Summative Evaluation
    Date: 07/20/2011
    Resource Category: Evaluation Reports
    In 2008, COSI received funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services to develop the exhibit Labs in Life (LG-26-08-0146). The development of the Labs in Life embodies a unique model for collaboration, with active researchers interested in research outcomes while simultaneously serving as models for the public, and science center staff ... »
  • Learning Labs in Libraries and Museums
    Date: 04/01/2011
    Resource Category: Project Descriptions
    Funded jointly by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and the MacArthur Foundation, in partnership with the and Association of Science-Technology Centers (ASTC) and Urban Libraries Council (ULC), Learning Labs in Libraries and Museums supports the planning and design of 24 learning labs in libraries and museums nationwide. The ... »
  • Language of Conservation Replication: Summative Evaluation of Poetry in Zoos
    Date: 03/01/2011
    Resource Category: Research and Evaluation Instruments
    The Language of Conservation was a collaborative project between libraries, zoos, and poets nationwide to replicate a project originally undertaken by the Central Park Zoo. The project model built zoo, library, and poet-in-residence partnerships in five host cities: Brookfield, Illinois; Jacksonville, Florida; Little Rock, Arkansas; Milwaukee, ... »
  • Holding Power of Seattle Aquarium Exhibits for the Toddler Audience
    Date: 01/01/2011
    Resource Category: Research and Evaluation Instruments
    The Seattle Aquarium seeks to discover how toddler families experience its exhibits and how to best incorporate toddler family needs in future exhibit developments. The goal of this study is to begin to document toddler-exhibit interactions in order to better understand the Aquarium experience for that audience. The specific research goal was to ... »

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