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  • Why Zoos and Aquariums Matter Handbook
    Date: 11/19/2008
    Resource Category: Reference Materials
    Federal support for museums through the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS) is based on the premise that museums are valuable community organizations providing rich opportunities for learning and civic engagement. Yet, until recently, there has been a paucity of systematic and evidence-based research on the public impact of museums. ... »
  • New Interpretive Signage in the Tropical Pavilion
    Date: 03/01/2008
    Resource Category: Research and Evaluation Instruments
    This report represents the results of a summative evaluation study of visitor response to new interpretive signage in Brooklyn Botanic Garden's Tropical Pavilion. The evaluation aims to reveal the extent to which the new signage succeeds in providing the outcomes for the visitor experience identified in the Garden's Interpretive Master Plan (IMP ... »
  • Language of Conservation
    Date: 01/01/2008
    Resource Category: Project Descriptions
    Poet’s House, a preeminent poetry library in New York City, will collaborate with ten public libraries and zoos across the United States to support library-zoo partnerships in five cities. The project teams will install exhibitions that use poetry as an interpretive tool to deepen visitor thinking about wildlife and conservation in each zoo. This ... »
  • Take Two: A Study of the Co-creation of Knowledge on Museum Web 2.0 Sites
    Date: 10/01/2007
    Resource Category: Project Descriptions
    Researchers at Michigan State University, University of Washington, Science Museum of Minnesota, and Museum of Life and Science found that there are clear indicators of learning in Science Buzz ( ), the online museum environment studied as part of the Take 2 project. People who participate in conversations through the Buzz blog ... »
  • Cambridge Science Festival Summative Evaluation Executive Summary
    Date: 08/01/2007
    Resource Category: Summative
    Goodman Research Group, Inc. (GRG) conducted a summative evaluation of the 2007 Cambridge Science Festival. The festival was the first of its kind in the United States and was held for nine days, offering a wide range of science- and technology-related activities throughout Cambridge, Massachusetts. Patterned after science festivals in Europe, it ... »
  • Playworks
    Date: 09/21/2006
    Resource Category: Project Descriptions
    Children feed alphabet letters to a talking baby dragon, drive a New York City fire truck, paint on a six-foot art wall, and crawl through a challenge course in PlayWorks™ at the Children's Museum of Manhattan (CMOM) in New York. Manhattan’s largest public play and learning center for early childhood marries the skills that children need to ... »
  • Summative Evaluation for Search for Life
    Date: 04/12/2006
    Resource Category: Evaluation Reports
    This report presents the findings of a summative evaluation of The Search for Life conducted by Randi Korn & Associates, Inc. (RK&A), for The New York Hall of Science (NY Hall) in Queens, New York. The Search for Life was developed by NY Hall staff and funded by the National Science Foundation, NASA and NASA Astrobiology Institute, New ... »
  • KC Science, INC – Inspiring Natural Curiosity in Science
    Date: 01/01/2006
    Resource Category: Project Descriptions
    Several years ago, Kansas City leaders decided to boost future economic growth by developing science and engineering skills in the area’s work force. There was a problem though: Kansas City’s workers and students weren’t very interested in science and engineering. So, five organizations, including a library and museum, founded KC Science, INC to ... »
  • Health In Your World Project Evaluation
    Date: 06/01/2004
    Resource Category: Research and Evaluation Instruments
    In early 2004 Explorit Science Center (Explorit) contracted with Visitor Studies Services (VSS) to design and conduct an evaluation of Explorit's Health In Your World Project (HIYW). HIYW is a traveling, science-based health education program for children and adults in low-income communities. HIYW features interactive experiments designed to make ... »
  • Go Figure! Summative Evaluation
    Date: 04/01/2001
    Resource Category: Summative
    This report presents findings from a summative evaluation of Go Figure! conducted by Randi Korn & Associates, Inc. (RK&A) for the Minnesota Children's Museum (MCM). Go Figure! is a traveling exhibition that is visiting both libraries and children's museums across the country. The exhibition was developed by the Minnesota Children's Museum ... »