VSA is Offering Two Spring Workshops in St. Paul, MN

Science Museum of Minnesota, St. Paul, MN

May 8, 2014

How to lead evaluation capacity building efforts using Team-Based Inquiry

Sarah Cohn
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

If you lead evaluations for projects that have a project development team, you have probably experienced moments of disagreement within the team regarding the project’s purpose, goals, or even what your evaluation data may mean for the project. Often, you may find yourself teaching others about the evaluation process and how your work fits into the timeline and development process. Consider learning about team-based inquiry (TBI), a simple approach to building evaluation capacity within project teams. TBI is designed to support the work of professionals in using evaluation practices to improve their products and practices. Presenters will run through the four inquiry steps of TBI and model training activities that will provide participants with the experience and ability to train others in the TBI process. The presenters will also share resources they’ve developed for evaluation facilitators and trainers to help engage teams in TBI.

Interactive data collection techniques for informal learning environments

Amy Grack Nelson and Zdanna Tranby
1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Have you ever wanted to make data collection activities more interactive and enjoyable for visitors? Come learn about interactive data collection strategies that are more like the hands-on experiences we offer in our institutions, than the traditional survey and interview methods we often turn to. During interactive data collection, we provide an experience for the visitor in exchange for their input. With the growing popularity of making both museums and evaluations more participatory and interactive, the content of this workshop is timely in providing evaluators strategies they can use to bring more participation into their practice.  Participants will learn the benefits and limitations of interactive data collection strategies and why they may or may not be appropriate for use in different types of evaluations. Participants will leave the workshop with ideas of how to integrate interactive techniques into their own evaluation practice.

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