Ethics and Responsibility in Museum Research and Evaluation

Track
Education Audience Research & Evaluation
Start Day and Time
Sunday May 7 2:30-3:45 p.m.
Venue and Meeting Room
274 America's Center
Description
Whether conducting a federally funded project, a visitor experience study, or prototyping an exhibit or program, we all strive to ensure that our research and evaluation activities do no harm to our visitors, staff, or institutions. But how do we plan and undertake these efforts ethically and responsibly while managing our resource and time constraints? In this session, a diverse group of professionals will discuss their experiences, debate perspectives, and provide resources regarding this field-wide challenge.

Education, Audience Research & Evaluation track generously supported by the Canadian Museum for Human Rights

Learner Outcome
  1. Gain an understanding of ethical research and evaluation practices in museum settings.
  2. Learn about tools and systems to support ethical practices, as well as examples of other museums' guiding documents and materials.
  3. Develop connections with other museum professionals who can offer additional collaboration and resources.
Speakers
Presenter: 
Christopher Cardiel
Role: 
Presenter
Title: 
Research, Evaluation, and Impacts Manager
Organization: 
Oregon Museum of Science and Industry
Bio
Chris Cardiel is the Research and Evaluation Supervisor at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI). Chris currently holds the position of Human Protections Administrator for the museum, serving as the primary contact for questions pertaining to ethical treatment of OMSI participants. His background is in communication and critical media studies, and he focuses on bringing a diversity and inclusion lens to ISE research and evaluation.
Presenter: 
Elizabeth Kollmann
Role: 
Presenter
Title: 
Manager, Research & Evaluation
Organization: 
Museum of Science
Bio
Liz has been conducting museum-based evaluation and research for over a decade. At the Museum of Science, Boston, Liz leads, advises on, and supports evaluations of all types and sizes. In addition to overseeing the effective deployment of studies within the museum, Liz also trains and mentors evaluators and researchers on her team. As a senior leader in her department, Liz oversees the evaluation capacity building efforts for all of her staff.
Presenter: 
Sarah Cohn
Role: 
Presenter
Title: 
Principal
Organization: 
Cohn Consulting
Bio
Sarah has been conducting evaluation and research in support of museum experiences for the past 9 years. She was in The Science Museum of Minnesota's Evaluation and Research in Learning Department 2007-2016. Though having cut her teeth in a science museum, Sarah's primary interest is in supporting the entire museum community through professional development, data driven decision-making, and understanding who attends cultural institutions.