Access from the Ground Up Evaluation Report

Monday, April 18, 2022
Resource Type:
Summative | Evaluation Reports
Environment Type: 
Public Programs, Museum and Science Center Programs, Aquarium and Zoo Programs, Professional Development, Conferences, and Networks, Professional Development and Workshops, Exhibitions, Museum and Science Center Exhibits, Aquarium and Zoo Exhibits
Elementary School Children (6-10) | Families | Museum/ISE Professionals
General STEM
Access and Inclusion: 
People with Disabilities
MWA Insights, Palo Alto Junior Museum & Zoo

Funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the Access from the Ground Up project at the Palo Alto Junior Museum & Zoo (JMZ) seeks to better serve children with disabilities through a combination of partnerships with community, staff professional development and training, and the development of accessible STEM-focused exhibits and resources at the new JMZ facility, which opened in November 2021. This summative evaluation report seeks to answer the following evaluation questions:

  • To what extent does the Access from the Ground Up project build or strengthen relationships with families with disabilities?
  • How are accessibility elements used and understood?
  • To what extent are people without disabilities aware of accommodations for families with disabilities? What are their reactions to the presence of these accommodations?
  • To what extent have professional development, staff training, Super Family Sunday events, and the accessible exhibits and access resources influenced staff and volunteer attitudes, behaviors, and work practices?
  • To what extent did partnering with provider organizations support the project, the participating organizations, and the team members?
Funding Program: 
Museums for America
Award Number: 

Associated Projects

Team Members

Tina KeeganTina KeeganProject Manager
Lisa EriksonLisa EriksonProject Staff

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