Cecilia Garibay is principal of Garibay Group, where she leads audience research and evaluation of informal learning exhibitions and programs. She has consulted with a wide range of free-choice learning organizations across the nation. Technology-specific projects have included the NSF-funded Digital River Basin museum exhibit consortium (St. Louis Science Center, Illinois State Museum, and the Science Museum of Minnesota), the Cyberville exhibition at the St. Louis Science Center, and the IMLS-funded 21-Tech initiative involving Children’s Museum of Houston, OMSI, New York Hall of Science and Sciencenter. She has also consulted with the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, TERC, and Northwestern University investigating ways to incorporate technology (mobile and social networking) into youth- and family-focused informal learning STEM programs. Garibay brings a bicultural/bilingual perspective to her work and specializes in culturally responsive and contextually relevant research and evaluation approaches. She regularly consults with institutions on audience development and community inclusion and to develop frameworks and strategic plans for making exhibitions and programming accessible to multiple and diverse audiences.
Her 20 years of research and evaluation experience also include work with non-profit organizations, foundations, and corporations. Garibay served on the National Academy of Sciences committee, which produced the volume, Learning Sciences in Informal Environments. She also served as a panelist and author for NSF’s publication Framework for Evaluating Impacts of Informal Science Education Projects. She is also a past board member of the Visitor Studies Association.