Art Bridges Foundation roundtable evaluation discussion

Art BridgesEvaluation

Art Bridges supports evaluation activities to promote the use of data for improvement and learning and to help our organization better understand its impact on the field. We encourage our partners to use evaluation to better understand their audiences, measure program impact, and make responsive, visitor-centered decisions.

Getting Started with Evaluation

New to evaluation? Explore this brief guide for tips and examples.

Consider questions like:

  • What do I need to learn about my program to know if it’s successful?
  • How will my planned evaluation help me measure my program’s goals or my institution’s strategic plan?
  • Once I have information gathered through an evaluation, how will I use it to make changes?
  • What do I need to know about my audience to provide the best programming?


Evaluation Services Supported by Art Bridges

COVES (Collaboration for Ongoing Visitor Experience Studies) is a system that allows Art Bridges partners to learn directly from visitors about their museum experience. Participating museums will collect information from visitors and receive a validated survey, financial assistance, training, and reporting support from Art Bridges. Throughout this process, museums can bring visitor experience to the forefront of decision-making and understand how they compare to other art museums.

Learn more about COVES

coves partner map

Evaluation Planning and Execution

  • Front-End, Formative, and Summative Evaluation
  • Survey Design
  • Focus Group Facilitation
  • Interview Protocols and Collection
  • Data Collection Training
  • Qualitative and Quantitative Data Analysis
  • Behavioral Observation and Experimentation

Note: The above list is not exhaustive. We encourage you to reach out to our team with any ideas you have to evaluate your Art Bridges project(s).

For more information, please visit our FAQ; submit a Contact Us form; or contact Brittany Vernon, Director of Learning & Engagement and Evaluation, at [email protected].

Projects We Love:

Border Cantos at the Westmoreland Museum of American Art

Westmoreland Museum of American Art

For The Westmoreland Museum of American Art, the "Border Cantos" exhibition was an opportunity to connect with and learn from individuals in the Greensburg, Pennsylvania community. Art Bridges funding enabled The Westmoreland to contract the Center for Audience Research & Evaluation at Crystal Bridges to conduct evaluation spanning from a front-end study in fall 2019 and summative evaluation during summer 2021.

audience listens to choral music at the Currier Art Museum

Currier Museum

Organized by Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art and supported by Art Bridges, "State of the Art: Locate" showcases artworks that interrogate individuals’ relationship with ethnicity, family, and place. The exhibition was on view at the Currier Museum of Art from October 2022 to February 2023.