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Interested in International Museum Partnerships? Download the Museums Connect Evaluation Report

Girls Design the World: Supporting Green Communities with STEAM; Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minneapolis, Minnesota & National Museums of Kenya, Nairobi, Kenya.
Girls Design the World: Supporting Green Communities with STEAM; Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minneapolis, Minnesota & National Museums of Kenya, Nairobi, Kenya.

Download your free copy of the Museums Connect Evaluation Findings.

In 2017, the Alliance received funding from the US Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs to assess the impact of Museums Connect, a global museums and communities exchange program that AAM administered on behalf of the Department of State from 2007- 2017. Through this program, museums in the United States collaborated with counterparts abroad to implement museum-based projects that addressed critical social issues; were mutually beneficial to the participating organizations and their local communities; and included community and staff travel between the participating countries. Museums Connect supported approximately 7-10 projects each year, for a total of 68 projects through the end of the grant year 2017.

Researched and prepared in partnership with Insight Evaluation Services with support from the US Department of State, this comprehensive report examines the impact of this unique global museum and community exchange program by measuring the extent to which program participation:

  1. Provided participating museum staff and project stakeholders with a new appreciation for the benefits of international collaboration.
  2. Increased long-term interest in global initiatives among participating museum staff and project stakeholders.

In this report, you will find:

  • The evaluation methodology, findings, and recommendations from Insight Evaluation Services
  • Quotes about the impact of the Museums Connect program from past project coordinators
  • Photos from various projects
  • Interview templates and sample documents from the evaluation process
  • A complete list of all Museums Connect projects from the 2007-08 cycle through the 2016-17 cycle

Download your free copy of the Museums Connect Evaluation Findings.


Museums Connect was an initiative of the US Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs that was administered by the American Alliance of Museums.

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