What’s New

Nicole Claudio – Research Associate

Posted Nov 22, 2021

After having the opportunity to work with her as an independent contractor – we are so pleased to announce that Nicole Claudio has joined ILI as a full-time Research Associate! Nicole is committed to understanding how museums and other free-choice learning environments can better serve all learners in their efforts to build a deeper understanding… (Read more)

A simple way to increase children’s perceived science relevance and science self-efficacy

Posted Nov 5, 2021

  Analyses of data from our Multi-Modal Science Effects Study: Institute for Learning Innovation study reveal a significant and positive relationship between family science TV show watching and science reading. Over 1,700 fifth and sixth-grade students were asked to rate their level of agreement to eight statements designed to measure a perceived relevance of science… (Read more)

Funders and Museums: A New Form of Partnership

Posted Nov 2, 2021

  This article is a conversation between a funder and a museum practitioner, exploring a new form of partnership. How do funders support important changes in the museum field? How do museums work collaboratively with funders, while maintaining vision and integrity? Brittany Vernon, Director of Awards & Cohorts, Evaluation and Learning & Engagement at Art… (Read more)


Posted Sep 29, 2021

  We are so pleased to share that The W.K Kellogg Foundation has presented the Institute for Learning Innovation (ILI) with a $10,000 donation. Founded in 1930 by breakfast cereal pioneer, Will Keith Kellogg, WKKF is among the largest philanthropic foundations in the United States. Guided by the belief that all children should have an equal opportunity to… (Read more)

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)