What’s New

Dr. John H. Falk’s latest book is here!

Posted Sep 23, 2021

 We are so excited to announce the arrival of this highly anticipated book. Written by our own Dr. John H. Falk,  The Value of Museums: Enhancing Societal Well-Being provides a timely and compelling way for museum professionals to better understand and explain the benefits created by museum experiences. The key insight this book advances is… (Read more)

Connected Audience 2022: An Update

Posted Aug 30, 2021

    Exploring the Evidence for Cultural Institutions‘ Relevance April 2022 The Connected Audience Conference 2022 will address the pressing issue of Public Value and Relevance. We invite you to join your colleagues from around the world to explore the role that cultural organizations can, do, and should play in our communities. The Conference will be virtual and take place over… (Read more)

FLAME Receives IMLS Award

Posted Aug 18, 2021

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT   Many of us reach museum leadership roles with a strong background in the content area, but rather less training in business and leadership. That’s why we’re so thankful to be able to announce that last week we were awarded an IMLS grant that supports ILI’s work with one of our allied organizations… (Read more)

Evidence that parental and caregiver support matters in their children’s STEM interest

Posted Aug 5, 2021

Most people would agree with the assumption that parental and/or caregiver support greatly influences their children’s interest and attitudes towards science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). Today, however, our Data Scientist, David Meier, provides us with some evidence that this is more than a hopeful assumption by sharing results from two of our projects. Analyses… (Read more)

A love for learning and the VSA

Posted Jul 8, 2021

Next week is my official first week as the Secretary for Visitor Studies Association. I joined the board in an interim capacity in December and I am excited to now join the group in this official capacity. The Visitor Studies Association has meant so much to me, both in a professional capacity and also as… (Read more)

On-Ramps to Where?

Posted Jun 8, 2021

An essay by: John H. Falk and Lynn D. Dierking   Introduction   For generations, educators have supported children and youth’s free-choice science learning through informal education experiences, such as visits to museums, science centers, zoos and aquariums, both school visits, as well as those with family/friends; various online programs, summer camps and scouting, and… (Read more)

The Value of Museums: Enhancing Societal Well-Being

Posted May 24, 2021

We are pleased to announce the timely arrival of a new book written by our own Dr. John Falk. “Written by one of the world’s leading authorities on the public use of museums, The Value of Museums: Enhancing Societal Well-Being provides a timely and compelling way for museum professionals to better understand and explain the benefits created… (Read more)

Portal To The Public Wins Enduring Achievement Award

Posted May 12, 2021

ARIS ANNOUNCES 2020 and 2021 BROADER IMPACTS AWARDEES Award recipients to be recognized during the annual summit. May 11, 2021 – The Center for Advancing Research Impact in Society (ARIS) today announced three Broader Impacts (BI) Champions who have contributed significantly to establishing and advancing the broader impacts of scientific research. 2021 BI Champions: ·… (Read more)

Principal Components Analysis – and everyone’s favorite sandwich!  

Posted May 12, 2021

Is your survey scale or instrument measuring one, and only one psychological construct? How do you know? What does it matter?  As our Data Scientist, David Meier will tell you, refining your survey scales to ensure they are measuring unique constructs is critical for the validity of your inferential statistical interpretations. You can’t truly know if someone… (Read more)

Measuring Organizational Return on Investment

Posted Apr 27, 2021

This is the third in a series of blogs I have written about the importance and feasibility of putting an actual dollar figure on the value created by cultural experiences (find previous blogs here and here). The premise of all these pieces begins with an appreciation of the fact that cultural institutions currently have a… (Read more)