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  • To encourage more audience research and evaluation in history institutions, the AASLH Visitors’ Voices group compiled an annotated list of print and electronic resources to help colleagues begin or expand their audience research and evaluation efforts. [Note: the Visitors’ Voices group is no longer active.]

  • Local history organizations are identifying their greatest needs with help from agencies at the state level that have created programs and tools using StEPs and other assessment programs. Hear how a state historical society, historical commission, and state humanities council are using assessment programs to gather data, offer assistance, and effect positive change. Chair: Cherie […]

  • Administrators of museums and other informal-learning centers often need to demonstrate, in some tangible way, the effectiveness of their institutions as teaching tools. Practical Evaluation Guide discusses specific methods for analyzing audience learning and behavior in museums, zoos, botanic gardens, nature centers, camps, and youth programs. Evaluation is essential because it allows you to answer […]

  • StEPs Labs are 75- or 90-minute webinars that provide you with valuable information and training from the comfort of your office or home. No travel expenses or extended time away! The webinars are offered in conjunction with AASLH’s Standards and Excellence Program for History Organizations, a self-study program that helps small- and mid-sized history organizations assess […]

  • The Paul Hamlyn Foundation, one of the UK’s largest independent grant-making foundations, has launched a new web resource to support the embedding of participation in museums and galleries. The website showcases learning and case studies from Our Museum: Communities and Museums as Active Partners, a PHF program to facilitate a process of organizational change within […]

  • Did you know we offer recordings from many of our past webinars online to download and stream, and that some are even free? These are a great way to take a virtual “class” from an expert and to learn about topics that matter to you and your organization! From fundraising to creating collections policies to […]

  • Check out which museums and sites have used Visitors Count! to better understand what people expect, need, and want when visiting―and what will bring them back! Visitors Count! is a visitor research program that provides the answers you need to be a high performing and thriving museum, historic house or site. With Visitors Count! you receive […]

  • Annotated Bibliography Audience Research and Evaluation in History Museums and Related Institutions   Getting Started with Evaluation Diamond, Judy, Michael Horn, and David H. Uttal. 2016. Practical Evaluation Guide: Tools for Museums and Other Settings, third edition. Rowman & Littlefield/AASLH. This comprehensive, step-by-step guide to conducting evaluation provides museum practitioners with basic concepts and tools needed […]

  • Interpreting slavery, with its powerful resonances, is a privilege and a great responsibility. We have an obligation to the public to share a comprehensive and conscientious story of the past, especially as studies show that the public considers museums to be their most trusted source of historical information. The Tracing Center conducted a survey to […]

  • Neil MacGregor’s 2010 book A History of the World in 100 Objects has inspired a number of copycat works. What lessons does the book impart about the power of artifacts and how museums use them? This article argues objects can and should be the stars of museum interpretation. Too often museums short change the power of […]