Evaluating the Guantánamo Public Memory Project

GPMP exhibit on display at NYU’s Kimmel Windows Gallery, December 2012 Photo credit: Picture Projects

GPMP exhibit on display at NYU’s Kimmel Windows Gallery, December 2012 Photo credit: Picture Projects

Editor’s Note: This piece continues a series of posts related to the Guantánamo Public Memory Project, a collaboration of public history programs across the country to raise awareness of the long history of the US naval base at Guantánamo Bay (GTMO) and foster dialogue on its future.  For an introduction to the series, please see this piece by the Project’s director, Liz Ševčenko.

In her piece introducing the Guantánamo Public Memory Project, Liz Ševčenko notes, “Faced with the challenge of combating apathy and amnesia, the Project took a gamble: give the most responsibility to the people who know the least, and invite them to build their own understanding along with the rest of the world’s.”  As one of the student curators invited to participate in the Project’s creation, I was left wondering, “Did the gamble pay off?” Continue reading

Impacts and outcomes (part two): Tools to use

In my last post, I talked about some of the trainings and conceptual frameworks that help me to measure the impact of my programs at the Trustees of Reservations. I wanted to expand on the idea of measuring success and highlight some of the tools I have used for various programs and organizations that I have worked with.

These days I start by organizing the items we want to measure into two equally important categories: Organizational Goals and Engagement Impact Goals. Although I did not always explicitly make this distinction, looking back over the engagement activities I’ve worked with at different organizations, I can see that this distinction was more often present than not. Continue reading