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In this section you will find a selection of articles, reports, case studies and other papers related to visitor studies, audience research and museum evaluation. Some are downloads and some are links to other sites.

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Books Connect Project Evaluation

The Books Connect Project aimed to support the development of new creative partnerships between libraries, museums and the arts using books and reading as a launch pad to develop new audiences and new venues for reading inspired creativity. This report details the Books Connect Project Evaluation and includes a copy of the toolkit developed for the evaluation. Books Connect Project Evaluation Report

Museum of London SEN programme evaluation report, 2008

The Museum of London and Museum in Docklands offer a programme of national curriculum linked sessions for school groups with special educational needs (SEN). This report presents the findings from the evaluation of the SEN programme and includes information about its effectiveness. The report includes findings from students as well as teachers. Museum of London SEN Programme Evaluation Report

Audience-led consultation at the Science Museum, 2007

The Science Museum was involved in an audience-led process where members of London’s African-Caribbean community were consulted in order to inform a series of events on Scientific Racism at the Dana Centre. This report summarises findings from the consultation and offers a review of the overall process of consulting and using their opinions to inform events. Audience Led Project with Londons African Caribbean Community

From ‘Guerrilla’ Methods to Structured Evaluat ions, 2007

The paper ‘From ‘Guerrilla’ Methods to Structured Evaluations: Examples of Formative Web Design from the Exploratorium’s Evidence and Mind Projects’ presents formative web testing and evaluation methods ranging from floor testing with museum visitors using low-cost ‘guerrilla’ methods to structured evaluations that engage museum visitors and online remote audiences in the design process. Read Paper

Vicious Fishes, 2005

‘Vicious Fishes’ presents an exploratory front-end exhibition evaluation at the Miami Museum of Science & Planetarium, helping planners understand how visitors comprehend and think about themes, ideas, concepts, and specimens associated with the Amazon. View Case Study

Science Dialogue Events – Dana Centre Front-end Evaluation, 2004

The Dana Centre is the Science Museum’s (London, UK) venue for science dialogue events. The events aim to engage an adult audience in dialogue about science. Audience research and evaluation played an important part when developing the Dana Centre approach. This report contains findings from the front-end evaluation. Dana Centre front-end evaluation report