Minnesota's Legacy

Program Evaluation

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Minnesota Historical Society
Recipient Type
Non-Profit Business/Entity
In Progress
Start Date
July 2016
End Date
June 2017
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Legal Citation / Subdivision
Session Law Reference: Laws of Minnesota 2015, 1st Special Session, chapter 2, article 4, section 2, subdivision 4 (b) (2) Programs
Appropriation Language

$5,525,000 the first year and $6,000,000 the second year are for programs and purposes related to the historical and cultural heritage of the state of Minnesota conducted by the Minnesota Historical Society.

2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Direct expenses
Administration costs
Number of full time equivalents funded
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

# logic models, # participants, # unique evaluation projects, # Team Based Inquiry events, # surveys, # dashboards

Project Overview
MNHS continues to build a culture of evaluation. An evaluation manager leads institutional evaluation capacity building and provides technical assistance and support to staff who evaluate ACHF projects and programs. An evaluation associate in the Education and Lifelong Learning division facilitates evaluation efforts, specifically in K-12 education and public programs. Three interns and numerous volunteers continue to support evaluation work. Seventeen trainings were held to prepare volunteers to do visitor intercept interviews and teach staff qualitative data coding and observation methodology. Ninety-one unique projects or teams engaged in some evaluation project overall. 2016 highlights include: * Facilitated 25 Team-Based Inquiry (TBI) events, with 157 participants, to more systematically engage in data-informed decision making * Created 22 new logic models, with 130 participants. Five existing logic models were reviewed with 14 participants * Created 21 new program surveys and reviewed six more surveys * Conducted 56 public program audience surveys * Completed six observation checklists * Wrote eight evaluation reports and assisted with five grant proposals * Created eight interactive dashboards in Tableau, an online data visualization tool. Dashboards are available for primary audiences, including K-12, family, adult and young adult audiences
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Minnesota Historical Society
Street Address
345 Kellogg Blvd. W
Saint Paul
Zip Code