The Visitor Studies Association (VSA) is a membership organization dedicated to understanding and enhancing learning experiences in informal settings through research, evaluation, and dialogue. We offer an array of services designed to foster evidence-based practice, including an annual conference, professional development workshops, and the peer-reviewed journal Visitor Studies. Through these and other activities, we help researchers, practitioners, policy-makers, organizational leaders, and funders advance the field of informal learning.

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Evaluator Competencies for Professional Development

A tool designed to help you plan your development in visitor studies by providing suggestions for learning activities and self-assessment.

Visitor Studies: Theory, Research, and Practice

Visitor Studies is the bi-annual, peer-reviewed journal of VSA. Our Publications Archive contains the entire run of Visitor Studies and other VSA publications. Learn more.


VSA's Statement on Diversity

VSA's Board of Directors approved a Diversity Statement on May 28, 2015.

Submit Dining Discussion Topics

The conference includes participant-led conversations over dinner focused on topics of interest to attendees. Submit a topic!

VSA, Indiana, and SB 101

Read a letter from VSA's president on what VSA is doing to respond to this discriminatory legislation.


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