Participatory Evaluation of Cultural Heritage Based Programming to Empower Communities: A Quantitative Analysis

Laura Kelly Clark, Tyler B. Smith, Samantha R. Seals


A survey conducted at six Florida regions examines participants’ perceptions of public archaeology outreach programs on cultural heritage preservation. The findings for participants’ perceptions showed that the Florida Public Archaeology Network is reaching the organizational goal in creating appreciation and awareness for cultural heritage. Statistical analysis demonstrated a correlation between the programs being educational and changing participants’ perceptions in archaeology, and participants’ perceptions being changed and creating a love for cultural heritage and archaeology. These responses will information how public archaeology programs are impacting Florida’s cultural heritage through citizen science programs focused on preserving the past.


Citizen-science, Heritage Monitoring, Cultural Heritage Preservation, Assessment, Public Archaeology, and Empowerment Evaluation

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