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Museum Assessment Program (MAP)

Announcement: Exciting Changes are Coming to MAP!

The Institute of Museum and Library Services has announced our new funding.

What’s happening?

  • 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

About MAP

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:

  • Organizational
  • Collections Stewardship
  • Education & Interpretation
  • Community & Audience Engagement
  • Board Leadership

Find out which one is right for your museum and the date for the next application deadline.

MAP is supported through a cooperative agreement between the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the American Alliance of Museums.

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