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APPRAISE Annotated Instrument and Research Brief

March 17, 2023 | Exhibitions

The "Exhibit appraisal and diverse populations: Pilot research about intersectional and science identities in science exhibits" (APPRAISE) project team worked extensively with minoritized youth between the ages of 9 and 17, including youth of color, girls and non-binary youth, and youth with disabilities, to create a research protocol that can: 

  • Complexify our understandings of youth identity
  • Support youth metacognition about their identities and appraisals of museum exhibits
  • Provide a scaffolded approach for youth to have conversations with museum professionals that inform exhibit design

This Annotated Instrument and Research Brief was produced to share lessons learned through our pilot and feasibility study with the broader informal science learning (ISL) field. This report exists to document our approach to collecting authentic feedback from youth (ages 10-17) whose identities sit within the intersections of those typically marginalized in science learning. This report describes the data collection tool we developed with annotations for practitioners interested in using it themselves, and it summarizes the efforts we took to iterate on our measures based on ongoing collaboration with youth staff and youth advisors. The Annotated Instrument and Research Brief also includes in-depth coding rubrics, details about data validation, and summaries of prior iterations of the APPRAISE protocol.


  • Liz Professional 2
    Principal Investigator
    Museum of Science, Boston
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    Co-Principal Investigator
    Museum of Science, Boston
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    Co-Principal Investigator
    Children's Museum of Pittsburgh
  • REVISE logo
    Co-Principal Investigator
  • Citation

    DOI : N/A


    Funding Program: Advancing Informal STEM Learning (AISL)
    Award Number: 1906688
    Funding Amount: $299,989
    Resource Type: Research and Evaluation Instruments | Coding Schema | Interview Protocol | Scale | Survey
    Discipline: General STEM
    Audience: Elementary School Children (6-10) | Middle School Children (11-13) | Youth/Teen (up to 17)
    Environment Type: Exhibitions | Museum and Science Center Exhibits
    Access and Inclusion: Ethnic/Racial | LGBTQIA | People with Disabilities

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