Evaluation & Research

Heritage Preservation Project

Heritage Preservation Project

Heritage Preservation (HP), in partnership with the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), developed the Heritage Health Index 2004 and the Heritage Health Information 2014 studies – assessments of the nation’s most pressing heritage preservation needs.  Heritage Preservation contracted with RMC for the initial ground breaking study and the ten-year follow up study to…

Evaluation of the LeapFrog SchoolHouse “Ready, Set, Leap” Pre-K Early Literacy Curriculum

This randomized controlled control study looked at outcomes for teachers in 23 schools in Newark, NJ and Las Vegas, NV. Recruiting and training test administrators, RMC staff coordinated testing, trained observers for treatment fidelity, surveyed and interviewed teachers and parents, and analyzed data on more than 1,000 students and 72 teachers. The study met the…

Picturing Writing/Image-Making Integrated Curriculum Model

Picturing Writing/Image-Making Integrated Curriculum Model

With the Manchester, NH School District and the Center for the Advancement of Art-Based Literacy at the University of New Hampshire, RMC conducted an evaluation of two innovative writing and art models, using a quasi-experimental design to assess impacts on student achievement in reading, writing, and the use of art as language. The evaluation incorporated…

Forest Science Dialogues

Forest Science Dialogues

RMC is evaluating Hubbard Brook Research Foundation’s Forest Science Dialogues project, a model for engaging ecosystem scientists and local citizens/network leaders in action-oriented dialogue around urgent local issues and concerns. For evaluation purposes, the project can be considered to take place in three phases. The initial phase will serve as a needs assessment that brings…

Arts and Culture Data for Planning and Economic Development Professionals

Arts and Culture Data for Planning and Economic Development Professionals

Funded by the Rockefeller Foundation, RMC examined the perspectives of planning and economic development professionals on the utility of different types of arts and cultural data. Findings about collecting and presenting cultural data more effectively appear in Communicating Value: Re-framing Arts and Culture Data.

Nurture Nature Center Evaluation

Nurture Nature Center Evaluation

RMC is evaluating a pilot model for engaging communities in developing content for a new science museum. With funding from the National Science Foundation, the Nurture Nature Center in Easton, Pennsylvania, is conducting citizen-scientist forums in three communities in the Lehigh Valley that are prone to flooding. The forums feature science presentations, policy discussions, and…

Parent Leadership Programs Evaluation

Parent Leadership Programs Evaluation

The Connecticut Commission on Children has engaged RMC to develop recommendations for the evaluation of its statewide parent leadership programs. The state’s Parent Leadership Training Initiative aims to prepare and empower parents to catalyze change in their schools and communities to improve outcomes for all students. In addition to evaluation recommendations, we produced case studies…

Dragonfly TV: Museum-Media Collaboration

Dragonfly TV: Museum-Media Collaboration

RMC’s evaluation of DragonflyTV: Going Places in Science also afforded an opportunity to examine the storytelling strategies that were most effective in engaging children and conveying science content. A two-part study examined the strategies employed in different science investigation segments, including the number of child investigators, their development as characters, and how the hypotheses, data…

Learning in 2D and 3D: Dinosaurs

Learning in 2D and 3D: Dinosaurs

The simultaneous release of the Maryland Science Center’s Dinosaurs Alive in 2D and 3D provided an opportunity to conduct a preliminary study of the differences in the educational impact of these two large format media, and has produced some interesting findings such as the greater perception of learning experienced by 2D audiences compared with 3D…

Science on a Sphere

Science on a Sphere

RMC conducted the front-end evaluation of NOAA’s spherical film display Science on a Sphere for the Maryland Science Center. Piloted with data sets from NOAA and NASA, this new technology creates scientifically accurate and stunningly realistic imagery of Earth and celestial objects, as well as animations of climate systems and human interaction on the globe….

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