Impact of MAP

Did You Know?

  • Nearly one-quarter of all museums in America have participated in MAP
  • Around 20,000 museum professionals have participated in MAP with their museum, as a peer reviewer, or both
  • Over 5,000 museums have participated in MAP since 1981
  • Over one-third of those museums have participated more than once
  • Museums from all 50 states have participated
  • 50% of all MAP participants are small museums
  • 60% of Alliance Accredited museums have participated in MAP
  • Peer reviewers have volunteered more than 150,000 hours and $3,150,000 of their time helping MAP museums since 1981

After participating in MAP, museums:

  • have an institutional roadmap or strategic plan
  • say the changes made as a result of MAP positively impacted visitor experience and/or community response to their museum
  • are better able to identify their strengths and challenges
  • create or update at least one museum policy
  • are better prepared to go through Accreditation
  • credit MAP for their success in fundraising

Snapshots of MAP Impact

Godwin-Ternbach Museum, Queens College, CUNY, Flushing, NY
Budget: $374,000
Staff: 3

Before Assessments
2004
After Assessments
2011
2 FT, 1 PT staff 2 FT, 3 PT staff
Old strategic plan New strategic plan
No collections management New collections policy
Old HVAC, lighting and security system Major renovation to all systems
2 federal grants received 4 IMLS grants received
Budget: $125,000 Budget $374,000

L.C. Bates Museum, Hinckley, ME
Budget: $75,000
Staff: 3

Before Assessments
1992
After 5 Assessments
2012
Not financially sustainable Numerous grants to support programs from IMLS, NEH, NASA and private foundations. Earned income from increased visitorship and membership program.
Leaky roof needing repair Grant funding to fix leaks and add a new metal roof covering
32 dioramas needing preservation All have received conservation treatment with grant funds
No institutional plan for the museum Developing fourth institutional plan
Low museum visibility Increased museum capacity and visibility with new programs, year-round activities and changing exhibits
One stagnant permanent exhibit New exhibitions program includes hands-on touch discovery area; yearly summer art, special collections and temporary exhibits; and interpreted trails
No community or school outreach Outreach to schools reached over 16,000 participants in 2011; active membership program

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