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UPDATE: Is it Actually Possible to put a Dollar Figure on your Organization’s Public Value?

Posted Feb 12, 2021

An update by John H. Falk, Ph.D. Executive Director, Institute for Learning Innovation   Last July I wrote a blog proposing that it might be possible to actually put a dollar figure on the value created by cultural experiences. Here’s a quick recap of that original blog and an update on where this effort currently… (Read more)

Special Announcement- Network Affiliations

Posted Feb 3, 2021

As you know, here at ILI we spend a lot of time thinking (and talking about) learning. How to broaden access and participation, what supports effective learning and who gets to be considered an expert? It’s all a part of our ongoing quest to change the narrow ways in which people think about learning. Most… (Read more)

Evaluating Differently

Posted Jan 29, 2021

For many of us working in informal science learning, we’re just coming out of our busiest season of the year. Projects wrapped up. A new administration took office. We navigated a holiday season unlike any other.  And for most, several federal and private grants were due. Among other things, 2020 brought with it a heightened… (Read more)

SciComm Trainers Network: Building a community committed to equity in science engagement

Posted Jan 21, 2021

Whether it’s watching a demonstration at a science fair, learning new ideas at a science museum, or simply talking to a scientist, the transfer of knowledge from scientists to members of their communities represents a clear example of the free-choice learning championed by the Institute for Learning Innovation (ILI). As such ILI has formed a… (Read more)


Posted Jan 19, 2021

Our Meeting Code of Conduct The Institute for Learning Innovation (ILI) convenes gatherings1 that are welcoming, respectful, inclusive, and collaborative. ILI’s Gatherings Code of Conduct applies to all ILI-sponsored gatherings, as well as affiliated events connected with an ILI gathering, whether in public or private facilities.    Expected behavior  Treat everyone with the same respect you would expect of them.  Be… (Read more)

NOW HIRING: FIELD RESEARCH COORDINATOR (Alameda County, CA and surrounding area)

Posted Dec 10, 2020

Field Research Coordinator Description: We’re looking for someone committed to helping transform the world of learning! The Institute for Learning Innovation (ILI) seeks an organized and dynamic people person to help gather information (via online surveys and conversation) from adult hobbyist gardeners and assist with data analysis and report writing. This National Science Foundation funded… (Read more)


Posted Nov 17, 2020

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE NOV 17, 2020   BEAVERTON, OREGON-  The Institute for Learning Innovation (ILI) is pleased to announce that the National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded funding to four very important research projects that are centered around free-choice learning and are designed to expand access, equity, and inclusion for learners of all… (Read more)

Special Announcement

Posted Oct 13, 2020

OCTOBER 13, 2020 – The Institute for Learning Innovation is pleased to announce the addition of two new Senior Fellows, both of whom share our appreciation for the power of lifelong, free-choice learning experiences.   Kimberly Young is the Executive Director of Continuing and Professional Studies at the University of Mary Washington where she is… (Read more)

Fall Conference Announcement

Posted Aug 26, 2020

Virtual Conference SEPTEMBER 24, 2020 3:30 – 5:00 PM ET   Hosted By: Please join your Detroit education colleagues as we gather virtually on a Thursday afternoon to discuss and learn from each other about Family STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Maths) learning experiences. We will kick-off this one-day, 90-minute virtual conference with a… (Read more)

Is it Actually Possible to put a Dollar Figure on Your Organization’s Public Value?

Posted Aug 4, 2020

(HINT: The answer is yes!) How do you show that your institution provides genuine public value? If you have anything to do with the administration of a museum or cultural organization, this is a question that you and your board of directors find yourselves having to answer continually these days. If you are like most… (Read more)