Input from the Discovery Center partner organizations was collected during a planning summit on October 4, 2011, with 30 participants from all four partner organizations in attendance. Following that, five focus groups were held in November 2011 and February 2012. One of the focus groups was exclusively for educators from area public, independent, and charter schools. Fifty-eight individuals participated in the focus groups, which were held in the Activity Room at the Great Lakes Children’s Museum. The sessions were facilitated by a consultant from NorthSky Nonprofit Network, with the project architect from Cornerstone Architects in attendance (leadership from the four partner organizations did not participate in or observe the focus groups).
An online community survey was created from the compilation of ideas generated in the five focus groups. The survey was launched in January 2012, promoted vigorously, and kept live for five weeks. The results of the member summit, focus groups, and community survey are all aggregated in the attached report.
Everyone who participated in a focus group was given two free passes to the Great Lakes Children’s Museum. One person from each focus group was also selected to receive a tour on the Bay Monitor tug from the Watershed Center’s Bay Keeper. After the online survey was closed, six people who participated in either a focus group or completed the online survey were randomly selected to receive a complimentary cruise on the Maritime Heritage Alliance’s schooner Madeline.