Slover Linett's e-newsletter about audiences and culture—from the arts to informal science learning.


If so, you’re not alone. For many education and culture institutions, conducting a research or assessment study is the easy part. Acting on the findings in a thoughtful, integrated way — that’s tougher.

Lately, we’ve noticed that a lot of clients and potential clients are asking for more than a (brilliant) research report and recommendations. They want help with the rest of the process: the visioning and strategizing that comes before, and especially after, the research itself. The part that brings everyone together and lets them move forward.

That’s why we’ve always had the phrase “and planning” in our tagline (“Audience research and planning for the mission-driven world.”) And it’s one reason we’re so glad to announce that Liz Monroe-Cook, PhD is becoming affiliated with the firm.

Liz is a consulting psychologist and an expert at group facilitation. She leads teams through creative planning, ideation, and visioning processes, and she brings diverse experience in the arts, informal learning, higher ed, and the public sector. We always enjoy working with her and are thrilled to have her on our team. (Read announcement.)

So next time you’re thinking about the road from insight to action, we’ll have even more to offer. Meanwhile, let us know how research informs change in your neck of the woods.

— Team Slover Linett


What's New?
February 23, 2011

Another Corner of Higher Ed: Donor Motivation Findings to be Presented at Medical Schools Conference

Our research and assessment work for universities usually looks at three broad audiences: prospects, students, and alumni. Lately, we’ve been helping several institutions study another crucial audience: donors to their medical schools and teaching hospitals. Research analyst Anne Lee will share some of what we’re learning at an upcoming conference. More »
February 17, 2011

We’re Hiring: Help Spread the Word

With so many exciting new projects underway, we’re happy to announce that Team Slover Linett is growing again. We’re currently interviewing for two new research and assessment professionals: one research analyst and one research assistant. We’ve already received some great referrals and resumes, but if someone you know fits the bill, please point them in our direction. Here’s the low-down on each of the open positions. More »
February 16, 2011

Welcome, Caleb! (No, he’s not a new hire)

We are very happy to announce the birth of Caleb Patton, son of our colleague Chloe Chittick Patton. Caleb, who was born on January 8, paid his first visit to the office this week, a festive occasion for everyone (except Caleb, who slept). We are all thrilled for Chloe and her husband, Andy, as they welcome their first child into their family. More »

February 21, 2011

Flash-mob arts performances where you least expect them

Are you one of the millions of people who've watched videos of the surprise arts performances that the Knight Foundation has been sneaking into grocery stores, malls, and office lobbies in eight US cities? If not, you're missing something that's both a kick and a revelation. The program, called Random Acts of Culture, pulls the arts off their pedestal and sets them, literally, in the marketplace. More »
February 14, 2011

OK Cupid and the attraction curve

It’s Valentine’s Day, so it’s fitting that I finally visited the dating website that my favorite podcaster, Rob Long, had talked about in a recent episode. Turns out the clever nerds who run OK Cupid, a booming singles site, have stumbled on a surprising statistical truth about which members get the most attention...a truth that helps explain something I’ve noticed in our own surveys of cultural audiences for years. More »
February 05, 2011

Classical improvisation is not an oxymoron (ask Gabriela Montero)

“It’s how I speak through music,” Gabriela Montero told us last night at the Harris Theater as she shifted into the improvisation portion of her recital. This was the part we were all waiting for, and what followed was highly un-classical behavior both onstage and in the audience. Evidence: a few dozen of us lustily sang the first few lines of Billy Joel’s “Piano Man” to Montero from our seats. More »

Slover Linett is a research & assessment firm for the cultural sector, broadly defined. From art museums to dance companies to zoos, we help institutions become more successful by understanding their audiences. We do it through rigorous research and evaluation...More »

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