Innovation Showcase

March 1st, 2012 | EVALUATION

The exhibition Innovation Showcase focused on energy-related innovation and individual action. As part of a larger project, Innovations in Energy, the central visitor-focused question for this exhibition was: "To what extent and in what ways do the various components of Innovations in Energy serve toward meeting outcomes for the target audiences?" This summative evaluation of Innovation Showcase addressed this question by identifying how COSI visitors used the gallery space (particularly at the level of individual exhibition elements) and how they described their experience in Innovation Showcase. Paired tracking observations and exit interviews identified key audiences in the gallery space and which exhibit elements garnered the most visitor attention and short-term recollection, as well as examining the degree to which visitor talk about the exhibition aligned with the project's stated outcomes. The appendix of this report includes the timing and tracking instrument and interview protocol used in the study.



Team Members

Renae Youngs, Evaluator, Institute for Learning Innovation
COSI, Contributor


Audience: Adults | Evaluators | General Public | Museum | ISE Professionals
Discipline: Education and learning science | Nature of science | Technology
Resource Type: Evaluation Reports | Interview Protocol | Observation Protocol | Research and Evaluation Instruments | Summative
Environment Type: Exhibitions | Museum and Science Center Exhibits