Increasingly, museums see one of their roles in their communities as being a convener of conversations and dialogue. However, there are still questions about the purpose of these programs and what goals they should be trying to achieve. During this session, evaluators and educators, who have implemented dialogue programs at science and history museums, will discuss the kinds of goals they think dialogue programs should be striving to achieve as well as what has already been learned from evaluation studies about impacts related to learning, engagement, and follow-up behavior. You can join the conversation to discuss the purpose and goals of dialogue in your own contexts and how we might move forward as a field.

Education, Audience Research & Evaluation track generously supported by the Canadian Museum for Human Rights


  • Kris Morrissey


  • Elizabeth Kollmann
  • Conny Graft
  • Todd Palmer
  • Keni Sturgeon