Skip to main content

University of Michigan School of Information


Assessment in Cultural Institutions - SI 633

Cultural Heritage Institutions

Proposal open date: June 1
Proposal close date: August 2
Project timeline: September-December
Project duration: 15 weeks 
Number of projects needed: 12

SI 633: Assessment in Cultural Institutions Syllabus


In SI 633: Assessment in Cultural Institutions, second year master's-level graduate students work in small teams on a project relating to the assessment of a cultural Institution’s service, tool, product or collection. The students will first design an assessment tool (i.e. survey, interview protocol, etc.), implement the assessment and then evaluate results to provide recommendations for the client organization.


  • Assessment design and/or tool (i.e. survey, interview protocol, etc.) 
  • Raw data from assessment 
  • Recommendations for the institution to implement based on the assessment
  • Final presentation 

Client Requirements 

  • Level of engagement for course/program 
    • 30-60 minute weekly or bi-weekly meetings with the student team
    • Regular feedback and communication to student team based on the course schedule
    • Introduction to stakeholders and users for interviews and/or data gathering
    • Access to organizational data, systems and/or resources necessary to project completion
    • Attend final presentation
    • Complete project evaluation
  • Special requirements for the course/program 
    • Be a cultural institution
    • Be amenable to students scoping the project further once client match is confirmed

Past Projects

  • Student Archival Engagement. Students developed a tool to collect qualitative and quantitative data to measure undergraduate student learning and engagement in regard to primary source and archival literacy.
  • Responding to User Needs. Students designed and implemented a study to assess how well the National Museum of Women in the Arts Library and Research Center responds to library users’ needs.

Contact us

Engaged Learning Office | [email protected] | (734) 763-1251

Please complete this form to submit a project proposal for one of our client-based courses or other programs, or to receive information about these opportunities throughout the year.