Research and Evaluation
The goal of our Research and Evaluation department is to measure the Museum’s impact on guests and our community. Our interdisciplinary team of researchers and evaluators apply the best practices from a wide variety of social science fields to get to the core of the guest experience in a way that is meaningful to the Museum and the community of which we are a part.
- Aaron Price, Ph.D. (director, research and evaluation)
- Lauren R. Applebaum, Ph.D. (senior evaluator)
- Anjylla Y. Foster, Ph.D. (researcher and project manager)
- Fran Mast, M.Ed. (evaluator)
- Cindy La Nguyen, Ph.D. (researcher and project manager)
- Priscilla Yee, B.S. (research assistant)
In addition to work supporting the Museum’s exhibit and educational programming, the team is also running longer-term studies supported by the National Science Foundation and others. They include:
- Studying how guests feel a sense of belonging at the museum, how it compares to other science and art museums and how it differs among cultures and age.
- A 5+ year study to investigate the long-term impacts of the Science Minors and Achievers program on its participants as they matriculate through college and start their careers.
- An experimental study of a community health-focused field trip experience analyzed through a race and ethnic identity lens.
- An investigation of how non-science themed art can be used to support science education in our Black Creativity Juried Art exhibit.
- An investigation of how to integrate issues of equity into whole-school STEM education models.