Program Schedule

Current Program:

Date:Thursday, December 3, 2015, Program: 1:30-5 pm, see schedule for specifics
Title:DIY Evaluation
Location:Asian Art Museum
Cost:$15 for non-members; free for Cultural Connections members

Evaluating programs and exhibits is invaluable and can lead to impactful experiences, increased participation, and create buy-in from colleagues and stakeholders. Even though time is crunched and funds may be tight, you can learn to sustainably create and manage useful evaluation projects through practice designing, conducting, and analyzing data with low-cost, do-it-yourself evaluation methods. Then, begin developing strategies to test for the change, growth or support your programs need. This workshop will be led by a diverse group of educators and evaluators from surrounding Bay Area Informal Education organizations. Participants will have the opportunity to work on development of an evaluation of their choice with the support of the presenters and other workshop attendees. If you have a project that needs to be evaluated, bring some ideas and get started on your evaluation!

Following the workshop, join us for a tour of the Asian Art Museum’s prototyping gallery. The Asian Art Museum is inviting visitors to test out and provide feedback on new interpretive experiences related to our permanent collection. During this time period, the Tateuchi Gallery will be transformed into a prototyping lab, where the museum will be featuring mock-ups of new interpretive approaches for looking at and interacting with artworks. Visitors will be invited to try out these experiences and provide feedback to shape the future of the museum.

Operation Babylift: Perspectives and Legacies ( explores the diverse experiences and lasting impacts of a dramatic airlift that removed more than 2,000 Vietnamese children from their war-torn country to be adopted by American families as Saigon fell in 1975. This special exhibition and public program series is co-curated by the Presidio Trust and the Adoption Museum Project, and was shaped by input from over 40 community contributors. An evaluation of the exhibition, developed  collaboratively by the co-curators, aims to gather both quantitative and qualitative information about the visitor experience, and assess how that aligns with outcomes identified during concept development. Exhibition curators and other team members discuss the development and implementation of two DIY evaluation projects: a visitor tracking and timing study, and an analysis of reflection cards shared by visitors.

After the program ends at 5 pm, please join us for happy hour to continue the conversation.  We will head over to The Beer Hall, 1 Polk Street, San Francisco, CA 94102

1:30pm – Welcome and Overview
1:40pm – Introduction to Evaluation from Maia Werner-Avidon
2:00pm – Case Study: The Adoption Project & Presidio Trust
2:30pm – Small Group Workshop
3:45pm – End
4:00pm – Visit the Asian Art Museum’s Prototyping Gallery
5:00pm – Join us for Happy Hour at: The Beer Hall, 1 Polk Street, San Francisco, CA 94102

Presenters’ Bios:

Maia Werner-Avidon is the Manager of Research and Evaluation at the Asian Art Museum. She manages all in-house research and evaluation projects, including visitor exit surveys, special exhibition evaluation, and testing of new interpretive approaches for special exhibitions and the permanent collection. Previously, Maia was a Research & Evaluation Specialist at the Lawrence Hall of Science, where she led evaluation projects for a wide range of informal science programs, exhibits, and websites at the Hall and for external clients.

Laura Callen is the Founder and Director of the Adoption Museum Project ( The Adoption Museum Project is creating the first museum to explore the subject of adoption. Our mission is to catalyze conversations that help create social change, so that all people involved in adoption experience justice and dignity. Laura lives and works in Berkeley, CA. You can reach her at

Liz Noelani Clevenger is the Curator of the Heritage Program at the Presidio Trust in San Francisco, CA. Through research, exhibitions, and programming, the Heritage Program showcases the Presidio’s role in shaping and serving California and the nation. Special exhibitions at the Presidio Officers’ Club explore fresh perspectives on how and why the past matters, and inspire civic engagement by fostering an understanding of the ways in which the Presidio’s heritage is relevant today.

Lacey Lieberthal is currently pursuing a dual Masters’ degree in Museum Studies and Business Administration from John F. Kennedy University. Through this program, she is an intern with the Adoption Museum Project, performing an evaluation project in content analysis of visitor reflection cards. Gaining varied experience in museum and non-profit practices, Lacey is the administrative assistant at The Society of California Pioneers Museum & Library in the Presidio of San Francisco. You can reach her at

Wenonah Nelson is a Heritage Program Exhibition Intern for the Presidio Trust located in San Francisco, where she has researched and developed  the Tracking and Timing Study. In addition to evaluation, her work includes the maintenance of current exhibitions and the development of future exhibitions. Previously, she earned her M.A. in Museum Studies from New York University while working in exhibitions for the National September 11th Memorial and Museum.