Community Engagement Assessment Critical Issues Checklist

Public Perception

Mission & Planning

  • Do staff and governing authority members have a clear, shared understanding of the museum’s mission?
  • Is the mission one that the museum has the ability and resources to fulfill?
  • Is the mission, vision, and planning of the museum oriented toward public service?
  • If there is a current plan, is it being used to address the museum’s major challenges, and is it guiding the museum’s actions?

Audience, Attendance, Public Relations and Marketing

  • Does the museum have a clear understanding of its target audience and of the competition for this audience?
  • Is the museum making good use of its resources to promote goods and services?
  • Does the museum have clear and appropriate goals for attendance?
  • Does the museum have a marketing plan that effectively supports these goals?
  • Does the museum clearly identify its target audience and take appropriate steps to serve its needs?
  • Is the museum gathering information about its audience and visitors and using it to evaluate performance and guide its planning?

Public Experience

Content, Ideas, and Concepts

  • Does the museum have a clear, mission-driven plan for the content it presents to its audience?

Visitor Services

  • Is the museum providing the best visitor experience it can given the scope of its resources?
  • Is the museum creating a safe and accessible environment for visitors?

Exhibitions and Programs

  • Are the educational goals of the museum clearly articulated and appropriate to its mission, audiences and resources?
  • Do the exhibits and programs serve the needs of the museum’s audience?

Public Involvement

Community Participation

  • Does the museum have a clear understanding of its role in the community?
  • Is the community active in and supportive of the museum?

Human Resources

  • Does staff have a clear understanding of their jobs?
  • Is staff training and performance directed at serving the needs of the museum’s audience and community?

Financial Resources

  • Is the museum in good financial health?
  • Will its financial position and planning meet current and future needs?
  • Are appropriate resources directed towards serving the museum’s audience and community as well as marketing and publicizing the museum’s services?

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