Our Experience

Below are selected projects and partnerships led by Jill Stein, founder of Reimagine Research Group.

Museums and Libraries:

High Desert Museum

(Bend, OR)

As part of an IMLS-funded Museums Empowered grant (#MA-40-18-0548-18) Jill has served as an evaluation consultant to the museum for three years, helping to define an institutional logic model, build knowledge and skills around evaluation through workshops, trainings, and mentoring, and develop an institutional evaluation plan to support sustainability of evaluative thinking across the organization and accountability and relevance to audiences into the future.

Museums and Libraries:

Oregon Museum of
Science and Industry

(Portland, OR)

Roots of Wisdom (NSF DRL #1010559) was an NSF-funded informal science learning grant that supported collaborative partnerships between OMSI and four Native communities, including Native Hawaiians, Eastern Band Cherokee, Tulalip Tribes, and the Confederated Tribes of Umatilla, which resulted in a 2,000 square foot traveling exhibit, banner exhibit, toolkit, and staff guide. Along with Native Pathways, Jill co-led the summative evaluation of this four-year project in order to document impacts and lessons learned for both the partnership and public audience levels.

Museums and Libraries:

Weaving Stories

A three-year project funded by IMLS (#MA-40-17-0639-17), this collaboration between the Museum at Warm Springs and the High Desert Museum was designed to build capacity at both museums for engaging audiences in learning around Indigenous worldviews, cultures, and histories of the Indigenous Plateau region, as well as building skills around reciprocal collaboration across a tribal and non-tribal museum. Jill led an ongoing process evaluation with Native Pathways to support the partnership’s growth, identify and track key project goals, and document outcomes. The evaluation process used PhotoVoice and Talk Story dialogues to create space for sharing learning, building relationships, and developing trust through sharing stories and experiences around bridging Indigenous and Western worldviews.

Museums and Libraries:

Ways of Knowing

This three year project funded by IMLS (# MA-10-17-0177-17) is a collaboration between the Wild Center (Tupper Lake, NY), Akwesasne Cultural Center Museum (Akwesasne), Six Nations Iroquois Cultural Center (Onichota, NY), and the Center for Native Peoples and the Environment (State University of New York, Syracuse), designed to increase the ability of all partners to bridge gaps between Native knowledge and western science through exhibits, programs, and a youth internship. Jill led the formative and summative evaluation for Ways of Knowing, along with Native Pathways, focusing on creating reflective spaces for dialogue, building relationship and trust, and documenting outcomes for partners and public audiences. The evaluation team used PhotoVoice, interviews, written reflections, and Talk Story dialogues to document the process and impacts of the project. This included co-creating concepts, designs and plans that: a) reinterpreted a living aquatic exhibit in The Wild Center’s permanent exhibit hall from a Haudenosaunee (Mohawk) worldview; b) developed a canoe outing based on indigenous ecological knowledge and western science; c) trained and shared summer interns across the three museum partners; and d) adapted and replicated a portion of the new interpretive elements made for the TWC exhibit for presentation at the other two partner sites.

Museums and Libraries:

National Museum of the American Indian / Our Universes Summative Evaluation

(Washington, DC)

The inaugural exhibition of the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of the American Indian, entitled “Our Universes: Traditional Knowledge Shapes Our World,” opened in 2004 and focused on Indigenous cosmologies and worldviews of the universe, and the relationship between humankind and the natural world. The 7,910-square foot exhibition featured more than 900 cultural items throughout eight community-curated galleries and three pan-tribal spaces. In order to better understand how visitors experience and make meaning out of the Our Universes exhibition, Jill co-lead a summative evaluation of Our Universes with Native Pathways. The evaluation team used exit surveys (n=319); exit interviews (n=43); observations (n=49), and reflective tracking (n=52) to better understand who visited the exhibition, how visitors engaged with and reacted to the space, and what main messages visitors were taking away from the exhibition.

Museums and Libraries:

Cooperative Institute for Research in the Environmental Sciences (CIRES) at CU Boulder

This collaborative research project funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF-DRL #1907024) created a traveling exhibit and complementary programming around critical water topics and is touring libraries across the Four Corners region that serve primarily rural, Latin(x) and Indigenous communities. Jill is leading a process evaluation and summative evaluation, in collaboration with Native Pathways, to support collaboration across diverse partners, help develop and document key measures of success, and support understanding around culturally responsive research and community engagement.

STEM Learning Ecosystems and Alliances:

Rural Activation and Innovation Network (RAIN)

As part of the Rural Activation and Innovation Network (RAIN), an NSF-funded initiative (DRL #161255) designed to build local, place-based networks in Rural Arizona to support STEM learning and outreach across diverse communities, Jill led a three-phase research effort to explore the ways in which people see STEM in relation to themselves and in the context of their community.
Key research questions included: 1) How do individuals in rural areas perceive themselves and their community in relation to STEM, within the context of their overall perceptions of STEM?; 2) What might a community-based STEM identity look like, and how can this be documented or measured?; and 3) How might individual STEM identity be associated with community STEM identity? Findings have been disseminated through multiple research briefs, developed in collaboration with the Center of Science and Industry, as well as in multiple forthcoming publications.

Museums and Libraries:

CIRCLES NSF INCLUDES Alliance

Jill is leading a process evaluation in support of a yearlong planning grant led by the University of Montana, designed to develop a cross-jurisdiction alliance of six EPSCoR (Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research) state partners. The CIRCLES Alliance (Cultivating Indigenous Research Communities for Leadership in Education and STEM) is focused on building better pathways to engage Native American students in STEM fields and careers. The evaluation team has focused on understanding the extent to which partners’ perceptions of project goals align, the extent to which partners feel included and heard, and what supports are needed to create growth and sustainability of the alliance’s efforts.

Since we design each project to suit your specific needs and context, we recommend that you contact us for a free 60-minute consultation to discuss your research or evaluation needs and how we might best work together.