The Museum conducts evaluations of its educational programs and exhibitions. Their structure and purpose vary. Formative evaluations inform program design, development, and implementation. Summative evaluations assess whether program or product goals and education expectations were met, and are shared with colleagues in the field.
Evaluations of larger scale initiatives are often conducted by external experts, with input from Museum staff. The Museum works with multiple independent firms with different areas of expertise, such as media and digital products, teacher education research, and professional development.
Sample evaluations of AMNH programs include the following: