95% of all learning happens OUTSIDE of the classroom. Still, society’s funding and focus for education remains centered around schools. For over 30 years we have conducted research that demonstrates the impact made when people learn in settings like museums, science centers, libraries, and community groups.

As leaders in this field, we use our findings and our resources to support and bring innovation to these spaces so that people everywhere can access the learning opportunities they desire and deserve. ILI is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization in accordance with the standards and regulations of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).

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The 95 Percent Solution School is not where most Americans learn most of their science

Serious Fun: Viewing Hobbyist Activities through a Learning Lens

Expanding the Boundaries of Informal Education Programs:An Investigation of the Role of Pre and Post-education Program Experiences and Dispositions on Youth STEM Learning

Informal Science Education: Lifelong, Life-Wide, Life Deep

Travel and Learning: A Neglected Tourism Research Area

The contribution of science-rich resources to public science interest

John H. Falk , Scott Pattison , David Meier , David Bibas , Kathleen Livingston

The Contributions Made by Five Science Education Resources to Youth’s Interest in Science

John H. Falk Ph.D

Viewing Art Museum Visitors Through The Lens Of Identity

John H. Falk, Ph.D

Travel and Learning: A Neglected Tourism Research Area

John H. Falk Ph.D

Serious Fun: Viewing Hobbyist Activities through a Learning Lens

John H. Falk, Ph.D

Partnering for Equitable STEM Pathways for Youth Underrepresented in STEM (YeSTEM)

Elysa Corin Ph.D

Using Communities-of-Practice to Support Informal Educators’ Professional Development

Cathlyn Stylinski, Joe Heimlich, Sasha Palmquist

Towards a 21ST Century Approach to Science Education Policy

John H. Falk Ph.D

Science Hobbyists: Active Users of the Science-Learning Ecosystem

Elysa Corin, Ph.D.

Museum Audiences: A Visitor-Centered Perspective

John H. Falk Ph.D

​Multi-Institution Science Center Impact Study (MISCIS)

David D. Meier M.S, John. H. Falk Ph.D., Scott Pattison, Ph.D

Investigating the cascading, long term effects of informal science education experiences report

John H. Falk Ph.D, Judith Koke MMst, C. Aaron Price, Scott Pattison Ph.D

Impacts of a comprehensive public engagement training and support program on scientists’ outreach attitudes and practices

Cathlyn Stylinski, Martin Storksdieck, Nicolette Canzonri, Eve Klein, Anna Johnson

Conventionality in Family Conversations About Everyday Objects

Maureen A. Callanan, Deborah R. Siegel, Megan R. Luce

Final Evaluation Report: of the The Integration of Science Centres with Natural History Museums for Imparting Informal Education International Conference

Judith Koke, MMst

Correlating Science Center Use With Adult Science Literacy: An International, Cross-Institutional Study

John H. Falk Ph.D., Lynn Dierking Ph.D

Characteristics of Lifelong Science Learners: An Investigation of STEM Hobbyists

Elysa Corin Ph.D