Data Visualizations: Year 1 Formative Evaluation (Feb. 2011)

February 1st, 2011 | EVALUATION

The American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) received a NOAA-ELG grant for a three-year project, entitled Exploring Earth Systems: Expanding Data Visualizations Experiences for Museum Learners (or Data Visualizations). The project focuses on the development, testing, and distribution of Visualizations for the Earth and Bio content strands of the AMNH's Science Bulletins program. The Visualizations are short media pieces that use satellite data to tell the story of Earth processes on land, in the oceans, and in the atmosphere, with the larger goals of helping viewers to understand the dynamic and changing nature of Earth's systems. The Institute for Learning Innovation (ILI) is serving as the independent, external evaluator for the three year life of Data Visualizations. This report documents the findings from the Year 1 formative study conducted in January 2011, which focused on the Visualizations entitled Sea Surface Temperatures and Net Primary Productivity. The formative study gathered data from visitors to the AMNH using focus groups; visitors viewed the two Visualizations and provided feedback on the strategies used to display the data as well as the content. A copy of the focus group protocol used in the study is included in the appendix of this document.



Team Members

Susan Foutz, Evaluator, Institute for Learning Innovation
American Museum of Natural History, Contributor


Funding Source: NOAA


Audience: Evaluators | General Public | Museum | ISE Professionals
Discipline: Ecology | forestry | agriculture | Education and learning science | Geoscience and geography
Resource Type: Evaluation Reports | Formative | Interview Protocol | Research and Evaluation Instruments
Environment Type: Exhibitions | Games | Simulations | Interactives | Media and Technology | Museum and Science Center Exhibits