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with Practitioners, Students, Colleagues, and Clients…

Sometimes I am privileged enough to enter a classroom, attend a conference, or present a workshop, and talk more about the big, wide world of evaluation. Below, these conversations are organized by theme:

  • Creating a Culture of Evaluation and Reflective Practice

  • Professional Development and Supporting Emerging Talent

  • Data Visualization and Visual Communication Strategies

  • Discussions on Methodology and Sharing Research Findings


Creating a Culture of Evaluation

 

Data-Driven Decision Making:

Evaluation Made (Mostly) Painless

A resilient museum is one that acts with and for those they serve - when in dialogue with one another, responding to change can become a shared effort with results that benefits all. We will help organizations identify easy areas to begin gathering and activating data towards informed-decision making. We will also discuss the kinds of data it’s important to collect, practice developing data collection frameworks, and practice analyzing data to understand its use in times of calm and in times of change.

Kuyumjian, Taline A. (2018, September). Data-Driven Decision Making: Evaluation Made (Mostly) Painless. Presentation at the meeting of the Oregon Museum Association, Hood River, OR.

 

The goal of this session is to encourage evaluators to consider alternative ways of learning from visitors by engaging those who work in direct service to them with them in the process. Evaluators and practitioners will share stories from their respective sides of the experience to show how valuable and easy it can be to do evaluation with non-evaluators.

  • Specific themes explored will be: Innovative, practical, and useful strategies for documenting visitor experiences (collecting data) in informal learning environments that busy museum practitioners can implement.

  • Time-efficient and rewarding data interpretation techniques that museum practitioners can directly apply to their work.

  • Insights into the realities and potential effect of integrating evaluative thinking practices into the dayto-day work of an informal learning environment.

Kuyumjian, Taline A, Marianna Adams, Cindy Foley, and Michelle Grohe. (2016, July). Time to Stop Talking to Ourselves: Capacity Building with Non-Evaluators. Panel presentation at the meeting of the Visitor Studies Association, Boston, MA.

Time to Stop Talking to Ourselves:

Capacity Building with Non-Evaluators

 

The value of learning from failure is undeniable. Reflecting on and sharing our failures fosters transparency and has been described as the key to innovation. Despite this acknowledgement, embracing this concept in our field or in our individual practice is still not common. The purpose of this session is to encourage an open, honest, and lively dialogue about our professional failures. Through presentations, discussion and a lively, informal activity inviting attendees to share their own professional blunders, we hope to foster a friendly, open dialogue as we strive to make failure an acceptable and celebrated discussion.

In this session participants will:

  • Understand both the value and barriers to examining mistakes and learning from failure.

  • Take away key lessons to avoid similar mistakes in their own practice.

  • Have increased comfort in openly discussing failure within our professional environments.

Jackson, Mary, Taline A. Kuyumjian, Kathryn Owen, Dr. Jennifer Rigney. The F-Word: Failure and Failing Towards Success. (2018, July). Presentation at the meeting of the Visitor Studies Association, Chicago, IL.

The F-Word:

Failure and Failing Towards Success


Professional Development & Supporting Emerging Talent


 

This roundtable discussion hopes to encourage an open and frank dialogue about the realities of being an emerging professional in the Visitors Studies field. It can be difficult to encourage transparency with our communities when we gloss over, and occasionally diminish, the challenges within our own field and institutions. Through this open conversation, participants will share challenges faced and perspectives on growing in and influencing our field. Topics like mentorship, networking, imposter syndrome, and realities of entry-level evaluation positions will lend a critical lens to life as an emerging professional and Visitors Studies as a field at large.

Allen, Jason, Lauren Wilson, and Taline A. Kuyumjian. (2018, July). Say the Unspoken: Fostering Dialogue for Emerging Professionals. Roundtable discussion at the meeting of the Visitor Studies Association, Chicago, IL.

Say the Unspoken:

Fostering dialogue for emerging professionals


Data Visualization and Visual Communication Strategies


 

More than just fun and games (which it totally will be!), this workshop takes the trendy and often intimidating world of data visualization and creative communication and makes it accessible and attainable for VSA participants, particularly those with little prior experience with design, art, and/or visualization. Participants will play games like Graphics for Humanity, Slide Hack, and Movie Visualization supplemented by content, resources, and discussion. The workshop will build participants’ creative confidence, increase awareness of the importance of visuals in communication and information retention, expand participants’ abilities to create effective charts and graphics, strengthen presentation skills, and highlight strategies to ensure clear written and verbal communication. This playful, interactive workshop will provide visual communication newbies with a comprehensive Data Visualization and Reporting resource list, ready to put to use.

Thoma Eammons, Claire, Lauren Wilson, and Taline A. Kuyumjian. (2017, July). The Data Visualization and Reporting Game. Workshop at the meeting of the Visitor Studies Association, Columbus, OH.

The Data Visualization and Reporting Game


Discussions on Methodology and Sharing Research Findings


 

Leisure & Practice:

An Exploratory Study on the Impact of Leisurely Museum visits on Museum Professionals.

The purpose of this exploratory research study was to understand how museum professionals experienced being a visitor in museums and how their experiences may or may not have influenced their museum practice. Findings from this study were intended to start conversations about how professionals conceive the museum experience and the assumptions they bring to it based on personal museum-going experiences. The following research questions guided this study:

  1. During recreational visits to museums, what does the visitor experience look like for museum professionals?

  2. In what ways are a museum professional’s recreational visits to museums, and their visitor experience, impacted by their work?

  3. What assumptions, if any, are museum professionals bringing to their work based on their own visitor experiences?

Kuyumjian, Taline A. (2015, July). Leisure & Practice: An Exploratory Study on the Impact of Leisurely Museum visits on Museum Professionals.Paper presented at the meeting of the Visitor Studies Association, Indianapolis, IN.

Kuyumjian, Taline A. (2014, May). Leisure & Practice: An Exploratory Study on the Impact of Leisurely Museum visits on Museum Professionals.Poster presented at the meeting of the American Alliance of Museums, Seattle, WA.

 

Learn about Art Spots, art installations created by artists working in collaboration with art museum educators and early childhood education professionals, through the project’s summative evaluation. Insights on success broadening, diversifying, and deepening audiences, and enhancing ways art museums can support early child development and school readiness will be shared.

Kuyumjian, Taline A., Stacey Shelnut-Hendrick, and Michelle Maghari. (2018, July). Summative Evaluation of Art Spots: Experiential Art Installations for Children. Poster Presentation at the meeting of the Visitor Studies Association, Chicago, IL.

Summative Evaluation of Art Spots:

Experiential Art Installations for Children

 

More and more organizations are using surveys to find out what their visitors, staff, and other stakeholders think and want. A survey can be a potentially powerful tool that can provide rich information for decision making that often cannot be found any other way. But much of its value is dependent on individuals from the target population agreeing to participate. How do you motivate busy people to take the time to complete your survey? This interactive poster will discuss practical strategies to increase survey response rates and will engage the audience to test their current knowledge and learn new techniques.

Wright, Liz and Taline A. Kuyumjian (2015, October). “Take My Survey…Please!”: Practical tips for boosting the response to your survey. Poster presented at the meeting of the Association of Science and Technology Centers, Montréal, QC, Canada.

“Take My Survey…Please!”

Practical tips for boosting the response to your survey.

 

The purpose of this evaluation is to understand the effectiveness of the Henry's existing lobby resources in (1) orienting visitors to the museum, (2) providing visit information about admissions & exhibitions, and (3) providing additional information about current and future program offerings. The outcome of this evaluation will inform design content and structure of future resources.

Kuyumjian, Taline A, Emily Shin and Drew Bowen. (2014, July). A Formative Study of the Lobby Experience at the Henry Art Gallery. Poster presented at the meeting of the Visitor Studies Association, Albuquerque, NM.

A Formative Study of the Lobby Experience at the Henry Art Gallery