Interpretive Research, as used here, refers to both the process of gathering and evaluating information, as well as the product produced by that effort. Since information is the basis of all interpretation, Interpretive Research—about the audience as well as about the resource—is indispensable to the professional interpreter. The research produced by this effort can be applied to a variety of interpretive products and services: informal visitor contacts, tours, exhibits, planning efforts, etc. Through in-depth knowledge of the resource and the audience, coupled with the application of appropriate techniques, Interpretive Research offers audiences opportunities to form their own intellectual and emotional connections with the meanings and significance of park resources.
This competency provides a framework for the complete realization of full performance interpretive work -- the variety, virtuosity, and depth of programs and products interpreters can craft to address the interests of multiple audiences.
Full Performance Interpreters: