Museum Assessment Program (MAP)
Announcement: Exciting Changes are Coming to MAP!
The Institute of Museum and Library Services has announced our new funding.
- Two new Assessment types will be offered: Education & Interpretation and Board Leadership. Learn more about MAP assessment types here
- The existing Organizational, Collections Stewardship, and Community & Audience Engagement assessments are getting fresh updates
- DEAI (diversity, equity, accessibility and inclusion) components will be integrated into all assessments
- Museums will have more time to complete the Self-Study Workbook and activities, which will be spread throughout the year long process
- Museums will have more touch points with the Peer Reviewer throughout the process
- New activities and tools will help move museums from increasing awareness to taking action and implementing change
- Enhanced training and peer-to-peer engagement for the Peer Reviewers
- Adjusted fee scale, but still low cost and affordable for smaller institutions
What’s not changing? The tried and true core structure of MAP—the self-assessment, site visit by a peer, and a recommendation-laden report—remains in place.
When are the changes coming?
- Now available: online application
- December 1, 2019: Application deadline
- January 2020: Museums accepted into MAP start their one-year process
Since its inception in 1981, the Museum Assessment Program (MAP) has helped more than 5,000 small and mid-sized museums of all types strengthen operations, plan for the future, and meet standards.
Through a one-year process of self-assessment, institutional activities, and consultative peer review with a site visit and recommendations, your museum emerges with:
- Greater alignment of activities, mission, and resources
- Analysis of its strengths, weaknesses, and opportunities
- Prioritized roadmap for improving operations and meeting standards
- Practices benchmarked to standards
- Enhanced credibility with potential funders and donors
- Improved communications between staff, board, and other constituents
- Expert advice, recommendations, and resources
- Increased capacity for strategic planning
- Preparation for core document verification, accreditation or reaccreditation
MAP offers five different assessments to choose from:
- Collections Stewardship
- Education & Interpretation
- Community & Audience Engagement
- Board Leadership
MAP is supported through a cooperative agreement between the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the American Alliance of Museums.