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  • Date: 09/01/2003
    Resource Category: Peer-reviewed article
    In this article, "Visitor Studies Today" Editor Chris Parsons discusses resources for planning and budgeting for evaluation projects. Parsons suggests several websites that offer overviews from different perspectives for professionals just getting started in evaluation or need a bit of a refresher. ... »
  • Date: 09/01/2003
    Resource Category: Peer-reviewed article
    In this article, VSA President Mary Ellen Munley reflects on the "homecoming" she experienced at the past VSA annual conference in Columbus as well as the value of VSA activities. ... »
  • Date: 09/01/2003
    Resource Category: Peer-reviewed article
    In this article, evaluator Randi Korn of Randi Korn & Associates explains how to know when the time is right for front-end evaluation and whether your questions are the ones you should be asking visitors. Korn cites examples from the field, specifically from a study conducted for the Chicago Historical Society. ... »
  • Date: 09/01/2003
    Resource Category: Peer-reviewed article
    This article reports on some of the outcomes of a study that investigated the factors influencing K-7 teachers' decisions to make field-trip visits in Vancouver, Canada. The key outcomes emergent from the study, in the context of the city of Vancouver, its many field-trip venues and its teachers, have relevance for both educators and museum policy ... »
  • Date: 05/01/2003
    Resource Category: Peer-reviewed article
    In this article, researchers for the University of North Carolina at Asheville describe findings from their study that assessed the impact of two interactive, hands-on, informal science-learning programs on elementary and middle school children's (1) general interest in science learning and (2) short-term science learning. They used a separate- ... »
  • Date: 01/01/2003
    Resource Category: Peer-reviewed article
    This article describes a front-end evaluation conducted by researchers at the Wildlife Conservation Society's Prospect Park Zoo in planning for the new "In Living Color" exhibit. The evaluation examined how the zoo's average young visitor--a 5.1 year old--thinks and feels about animal coloration. ... »
  • Date: 01/01/2003
    Resource Category: Peer-reviewed article
    This article describes an exhibit evaluation project at the San Diego Natural History Museum, funded by NSF in 2001, which took a participatory approach to better understand their audience. The authors, two participants in this project, discuss their motivations and goals, useful models and lessons learned from a special needs focus group. ... »
  • Date: 01/01/2003
    Resource Category: Peer-reviewed article
    In this article, VSA President Deborah Perry presents an overview of the work of the Visitor Studies Association over the previous few months. Topics include the Executive Committee, Conference Committee, resource development, Board development, professional development, and publications. ... »
  • Date: 01/01/2003
    Resource Category: Peer-reviewed article
    This article describes an evaluation project that measured the effectiveness of particular communication strategies in the Kelp Forest feeding program at the Monterey Bay Aquarium. During the Kelp Forest program a volunteer guide (docent) delivers a narration about the Kelp Forest exhibit and has a conversation with a diver feeding the fish in the ... »
  • Date: 01/01/2003
    Resource Category: Peer-reviewed article
    This article discusses the design of casinos, specifically principles of visitor orientation in casinos, and how these principles relate to museums. Floor plans of casinos are compared to floor plans of museums and other visitor centers. Author Stephen Bitgood advises, "Don't follow casino design if you want to be friendly to visitors." ... »