Amazing Feats of Aging, A Summative Evaluation Report

February 1st, 2005 | EVALUATION

This report summarizes a summative evaluation of Amazing Feats of Aging, an exhibition developed by staff at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) in Portland, Oregon. Patricia McNamara, an independent evaluator, designed this study to document the exhibition's impact on visitors at two locations: its permanent installation at OMSI itself and at the installation of the exhibit's traveling version at the Lafayette Museum of Natural History (LMNH) in Lafayette, Louisiana. Data collection strategies included visitor interviews, self-administered questionnaires and unobtrusive observation of visitor interactions with exhibition components. Visitors who completed interviews and questionnaires were "cued," that is, they were asked to spend time\r\nviewing the exhibition prior to answering questions concerning their experiences and memory of the exhibition. A pre-visit sample of OMSI interviewees was included to gauge visitors' initial awareness of aging-related concepts. Children and adults were included in the study samples at both sites. The appendix of this report features interview forms, questionnaire forms, and the tracking & timing form.



Team Members

Patricia McNamara, Evaluator
Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, Contributor


Funding Source: NIH
Award Number: R25 RR16247

Related URLs

Amazing Feats of Aging


Audience: Elementary School Children (6-10) | Evaluators | General Public | Middle School Children (11-13) | Museum | ISE Professionals | Youth | Teen (up to 17)
Discipline: Education and learning science | Health and medicine | Life science
Resource Type: Evaluation Reports | Interview Protocol | Observation Protocol | Research and Evaluation Instruments | Summative | Survey
Environment Type: Exhibitions | Museum and Science Center Exhibits