Public Archaeology Evaluation Implementation

Author(s): Laura Clark

Year: 2018


The greatest potential in supporting a person’s learning process is using evaluation and assessment.  There has been a lack of research into whether Public Archeology programming is currently effective at achieving the desired benefits. As increasing enrollments in educational programs continues, assessment tools to evaluate education policy and practice will become more vital to ensure quality education. Evaluation can answer questions about who is coming to programs (looters) and what they are learning.

Evaluation helps to demonstrate the following areas: understanding what contribution the programs have on people and society; helping to provide a clear understanding of effectiveness, impact, and benefit; improving program outcomes;  improving program accountability; increasing program responsiveness; and fueling community support by demonstrating the value of outcomes.  Policymakers, organizational boards, and funders want accountability that provides guidelines for best practices, services that address societal needs, and cost containment.   

Cite this Record

Public Archaeology Evaluation Implementation. Laura Clark. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Albuquerque, NM. 2018 ( tDAR id: 441400)

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Contact(s): Society for Historical Archaeology

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PaperId(s): 892