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Evaluation of the museum experience has advanced understanding of visitors and how they engage with our collections. Evaluation serves as a tool to make informed decisions about exhibit design and programs, and it allows us to communicate our impact to others. Students will learn the fundamentals of museum evaluation, from engaging stakeholders to articulating outcomes, selecting appropriate data collection methods to reporting on results. The course focuses on modeling of evaluative thinking and practices while exposing students to technology to support evaluation. Given these contemporary times, students will also tackle discussions of ethics in evaluation and the role of cultural competence.