Online Research

Help Tucson Children's Museum DBA Children's Museum Tu… conduct research on a particular topic or question.
Tucson Children's Museum DBA Children's Museum Tucson | Oro Valley
Tucson, AZ, USA
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Tucson, AZ, USA


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Posted January 19th

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What We Need
  • A compilation of research on a specific topic (e.g. industry best practices, literature review, media contacts, industry trends, etc.) including a list of sources
  • Recommendations on areas for further exploration/research
  • Note: This project is not designed to be used for prospect or grant research
Additional Details

Museum expansion comparative analysis research.
Goal: identify 10-15 children's museum/science centers in U.S. who have expanded in the past 5-8 years and compile/analyze data points.
Who has recently built/expanded in this field
Design firms/architects with expertise in these projects
Range of capital campaign, size of expansion
Scope of market studies & costs
Public/private partnerships
Scope of community engagement in design process
Key piece of advice
Willingness to share materials

What We Have In Place
  • We currently have a list of questions and objectives, which should make it easy for you to get started. We also have dedicated staff and project timelines, and the ability to provide any other information you need.
How This Will Help
This project will save us $6,154 , allowing us to invest time and energy in a focused direction with key data on trends, capacity and scope of a large scale capital project.

We are embarking on a large scale capital project and want to learn from our peers. Key external Research Objectives include:
Identify a list of potential design firms/architects
Ballpark budget ranges for comparable projects
Identify potential design features, space use
Identify marketing trends ... how are organizations describing themselves?
Identify potential marketing firms
Gather examples of campaign materials, building descriptions, operational costs
Benefit from peer experiences/advice

Project Plan

Prep: Information Gathering
  • Volunteer Manager and Professional discuss specific topic(s) of interest, research objectives and information needs, as well as preferred sources/databases (if any)
  • Volunteer Manager and Professional create research questions and agree on key terms
Milestone 1: Preliminary Research Outline
  • Professional conducts preliminary online research and creates an outline
  • Professional shares outline with Volunteer Manager for feedback
Milestone 2: Research & Analysis
  • Professional conducts online research and analyzes information
  • Professional drafts a research report and creates a list of sources
  • Volunteer Manager provides feedback, which Professional incorporates
  • Professional conducts an additional round of research (if necessary)
Milestone 3: Report Findings
  • Professional delivers research and shares findings with Volunteer Manager
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About The Org

Tucson Children's Museum DBA Children's Museum Tucson | Oro Valley
Our Mission

The Children's Museum Tucson (CMT) | Oro Valley (CMOV) has a mission to provide fun, play-based, interactive, hands-on learning experiences for children and their families. Our vision is to inspire children to reach their full potential through discovery, creativity and learning.

CMT is celebrating 33 years in the community, while CMOV celebrated its' 4th birthday in May, 2019. The Tucson location defines our audience as children in early childhood, from infancy through elementary school age, while the Oro Valley location is exclusive to pre-k children, including ages 0 - 5.


Barbara's work was exceptional, I feel quite fortunate to have been matched with someone who completely understood our project and ran with it. The research report and supporting data are thorough, professional, organized, detailed and thoughtfully represented. The amount of time and expense this has saved our organization is significant and we will put the information to use immediately. As a collaborator, Barbara was exceptional in every way. She was communicative, reliable, self-lead, realistic and a joy to work with. I would jump at the chance to work with her again and recommend Barbara with no reservations. Most sincerely appreciative of this experience overall, I am grateful to have made such a strong match and positive connection.
Hilary V.
Hilary V.

Executive Director

Online Research Project

Hilary is passionate and kind, strikes me as an inspiring leader of the Children's Museum of Tucson, and I am thrilled to have been able to assist with their efforts on a future expansion project. I received clear direction from Hilary to focus my research on this project. We had a phone call to review the needs of the organization and we remained in touch via email as I progressed with my work over the course of three months. I would highly recommend working with Hilary and the CMT/OV if other needs arise for their organization on Catchafire.
Barbara S.
Barbara S.