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  • Front-end Evaluation, conducted early in a project, involves the assessment of knowledge, skills, and attitudes of target audiences to inform design decisions. 

  • Formative Evaluation, carried out during the design phase, informs decisions about changes to improve a product. 

  • Remedial Evaluation, often carried out immediately following exhibition installation or program pilots, identifies changes needed to improve visitor experiences.

  • Summative Evaluation, conducted for mature products, explores how well a product works to inform funders, the institution, and other important stakeholders. 

  • Audience Research supports strategic, exhibition, or program planning. This form of research involves collecting and analyzing information about visitors or users including demographics and psychographics. Ongoing systems of audience research are recommended. 

  • Learning Research aims to add knowledge to the field of informal learning.  These studies are often externally funded with Tisdal Consulting serving as a research consultant. 

  • Strategic Planning- involve the review of mission statements and the alignment of goals and functions of all areas of an institution to meet  goals during a specific time period. 

  • Departmental Strategic Planning aligns the functions and goals of a specific department (e.g, education, exhibitions, visitor services) with institutional mission and goals. Action plans and timelines facilitate the accomplishment of plans. 

  • Project-level Planning clarify theories of change or creating impact or outcome statements.  

Professional Development
  • Developing evaluation capacity as part of a project plan to increase expertise in evaluation and planning within the institution

  • Standalone workshops (face-to-face or webinars)

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