Course Description

460.621 - Evaluation Theory & Techniques for Museums

This course covers evaluation theory, methodologies, and practical implementation of evaluation in museums and similar environments. The class explores the three main stages of evaluation and what can be achieved at each stage. Exhibition and program evaluation will be covered. Students work independently and in small groups to develop an evaluation plan, clear evaluation questions, an interview tool and an observation tool. Students will compare evaluation methods, and learn how to ask the "right" questions. Emphasis is given on thinking about how to evaluate the holistic museum experience – what is working and what is not: educationally, physically, and socially.