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Organizational Assessment

Description

This basic strategic and holistic assessment helps a museum look at its operations primarily from the perspective of how well activities, resources, and mission align with each other, and with professional ethics, practices, and standards.

To help a museum have a solid foundation to build on for long-term health and impact, this assessment places significant emphasis on thinking, acting, and planning strategically; organizational alignment, capacity; leadership and organizational structure; risk management; and organizational culture. This assessment assists museums define key areas of operations or functions that need to be strengthened.

Purpose

This assessment may improve ability to:

  • Develop a mission statement or refine the existing mission statement
  • Develop an institutional plan
  • Prioritize goals and use of resources
  • Understand roles and responsibilities of governing authority and staff
  • Assess facilities management needs
  • Manage risk
  • Manage renovation, expansion or the construction of a new facility
  • Improve financial sustainability
  • Care for collections
  • Engage the community
  • Strengthen interpretation and exhibits
  • Prepare for core document verification, accreditation or reaccreditation

Scope

This assessment will examine:

  • Mission
  • Strategic planning
  • Organizational life cycle
  • Financial resource allocation, development
  • Legal compliance, public disclosure, accountability
  • Ethics, transparency and openness
  • Governance (structure, composition, function, role)
  • Staff (roles, capacity)
  • Security, Safety, and Emergency Planning
  • Operational ecosystem (community make-up and needs)
  • Facilities
  • DEAI issues: board/staff diversity, compensation equity

Like all MAP assessments, this one:

  • Is grounded in the Core Standards
  • Includes Diversity, Equity, Access, and Inclusion (DEAI) issues as they relate to the assessment focus
  • Helps museums look at both functional and strategic aspects of their operations
  • Uses an online platform to move through modules with narrated presentations, resources, and required activities throughout the entire year
  • Requires an internal MAP team to lead the museum and be responsible for the bulk of the online work, required activities, site visit organization and action plans

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