How would we approach your research or evaluation challenge? Every engagement is unique, but over the years we’ve developed a general “inquiry journey” to help our clients (and their communities, audiences, collaborators, grantees, etc.) move from questions to answers to action.

Listening

So we understand not just what you want to learn, but what you want to be able to do, where you want to go. We’ve been told we do listen better than most. And everything else flows from there.

Thinking

About what we’ve heard from you. Bringing multidisciplinary perspectives from across our team. And offering insights and comparisonsto you from around the field of culture...and from our own past research.

Designing

A research study—or sequence of studies—that will turn that thinking outward, bringing your community, audience, or participants into theconversation. No off-the-shelf research here; we bake your insights from scratch.

Conducting

Collecting the data. Asking the questions. Eliciting needs, values, reactions, and ideas. Conducting research—which we also call “doing fieldwork” or “being in the field”—is the heart of the project, and it needs an expert touch.

Analyzing

The data that emerges, qualitative or quantitative, is just the start of the meaning-making process. We analyze deeply and rigorously, bringing a critical eye and a range of techniques—plus a keen sense of context and possibility.

Discussing

The research report isn’t the last word.Our presentations are two-way, creative conversations to unpack what we’ve learned about, from, and with your audiences or community...and what new opportunities have opened up as a result.

Strategizing

With the research in hand, we can help you and your colleagues internalize the insights, play with new possibilities, and plan for action.This thought-partnership often loops back to additional research, to help fuel innovation and success.

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“We’re at a time where we need #hope & incredible #artistry used as evidence that our differences are our strengths.” Couldn't agree more with @MickeyIsaacRowe of @NatDisThtr; what an exciting partnership with our friends @GoodmanTheatre & @ljplayhouse!

National Disability Theatre Launches Commissioning Partnership

The organization will partner with La Jolla Playhouse and Goodman Theatre to develop and produce two new plays by Gregg Mozgala and Christopher Shinn.

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Are the processes to creating #art or investigating # really so different?
"The greatest creative acts come from opposing forces of expansive imagination within the tight constraint of form--that is as true for art as it is of science. @SloverLinett

Rethinking stereotypes about science and the arts

Unthinkable: Prof Tom McLeish identifies eight stages of creation common to disciplines as diverse as painting and biology

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"What does reading widely & wildly do to build #empathy & perhaps encourage individuals or groups into civic action & #service?"@n_plaskett ponders the potential opportunities for researching the impact of book clubs & #literature. #culturalresearch

I must visit! “It has been our experience that if empathy and dignity were at the core of our approach to addressing homelessness then we might think and dream of better solutions to address this global problem.” @SloverLinett

Alliance of Museums on Twitter

“"Our #museum has been called many things, but the one thing that I like to hear most is 'a walk in the shoes of someone experiencing homelessne...

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"University & college #museums run the gamut from those featuring contemporary #art & ancient relics used as teaching tools to world-class collections tackling groundbreaking projects." Congrats to our friends @ColbyMuseum on this mention in @nytimes: https://t.co/IvRI6KjbAf

"What makes a #cultural institution particularly likely to serve as a source of inspiration?" @michell86113013 reflects on recent research with a #museum that is seemingly serving as an oasis to both #artists & patrons alike: https://t.co/Z1LJGtodd6

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