Arts and Humanities

Rockman et al has developed a strong reputation over its 25 year history for providing high-quality research and evaluation services to programs focused on social studies and history education, as well as arts education and arts integration. Our team is experienced in working closely with program developers and stakeholders in K-12 and postsecondary schools, and informal learning spaces, such as museums and after-school programs.

Our research and evaluation services deliver:

  • Custom research designs to meet the needs of each study and organization
  • Participatory research designs to ensure reliable, valid and sustainable measures
  • Rich and insightful information about program implementation and impact
  • Formative reports to inform program development
  • Summative reports to inform funders and other program stakeholders about impact
  • Rigorous evaluations that meet requirements for government grants

We specialize in communicating research findings in a variety of user-friendly formats, and facilitating research across educators, schools and community-based learning centers. Please explore selected examples of our arts and humanities projects below, or learn more about our past work in arts education and history and social studies. We welcome the opportunity to discuss your project with you and to provide you with more information about our tailored services. Please Contact Us to schedule a free 30-minute Q&A session with a consultant.

Selected Projects Include

  • National Endowment for Arts

    Rockman et al conducted an evaluation of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Teacher Arts Institute, providing an evaluation symposium and coordinating with local evaluators for each of the Institutes. The evaluation included Institute observations, informal interviews, pre- and post-surveys, and participant reflections. Rockman also convened an expert panel to review curriculum units developed subsequent to the Institutes. In 2006, the Endowment awarded Year 2 extensions to 4 of the 12 original Teacher Institute grant recipients to further develop activities around “anchor” works of art that served as inspiration for instructional activities. Rockman conducted surveys, site visits, interviews, and classroom observations to chronicle the activities of the institutes and to assess teachers’ use of “anchor” artworks in their instruction.

  • Poetry Out Loud

    Rockman et al evaluated the Poetry Out Loud program’s implementation at the local, state, and national levels, and its impact on students and teachers. The Poetry Out Loud National Recitation Contest, sponsored by the Poetry Foundation (PF) and the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), is designed to revitalize the teaching of poetry in America’s classrooms. REA conducted online surveys for 51 State Arts Agencies working in partnership with the PF and NEA, participating teachers, and students who had won state poetry contests. REA also conducted interviews with various groups at the National Finals in Washington, DC. In Year 2 of Poetry Out Loud, REA used online surveys and face-to-face focus groups conducted at the National Finals to gather data on the depth and range of classroom implementation.

  • American Museum of Natural History “Traveling the Silk Road”

    Rockman et al faciliated a collaborative evaluation with staff at the American Museum of Natural History for the exhibition: “Traveling the Silk Road: Ancient Pathway to the Modern World.” This evaluation explored visitors’ interest in and understanding of the exhibition and related programming and sought to integrate museum staff and volunteers throughout the process of instrument development, data collection, analysis, and reporting. The collaborative, cross-departmental evaluation effort utimately yielded greater understanding and buy-in for evaluation findings and identified meaningful outcomes, such as connections between special programming and subsequent visitor engagement and learning.

  • National History Day

    REA conducted a year-long evaluation of the National History Day (NHD) program, which serves more than half a million students annually. A diverse group of 500 students in four states in the NHD and comparison-group reported that the NHD program helped them to acquire critical thinking and communication skills, a mature understanding of past and current events, and college-level research skills. NHD students also outperformed their peers on statewide standardized assessments.

  • Silicon Valley Creates: The Studio

    Rockman et al recently completed a two-year external evaluation of SV Creates’ The Studio. Established to provide opportunities for underrepresented youth in Silicon Valley to practice creative arts, The Studio connects young people to professional resources, networks, and hands-on learning in filmmaking, visual arts, music, and storytelling. Funded in part by the Adobe Foundation, The Studio’s overarching goal is to establish cross-sector relationships to facilitate local youth participation and career exploration in creative arts. Read the full evaluation report below, and check out our blog post on this project to learn more!