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Museum Assessment Program (MAP) Peer Reviewer Responsibilities

MAP peer reviewers assess museums going through the Museum Assessment Program, working with those museums to help strengthen operations, plan for the future and meet/align with the Core Standards for Museums though this self-assessment process.

A MAP peer reviewer’s role is to be a supportive colleague while assessing the museum’s operations and making constructive and achievable recommendations for change. In the context of the dialogue with the museum, peer reviewers provide information about how the museums operations measure up to ethics, standards and professional practices in the field, as well as ideas about how it might address its current challenges and which resources might aid that effort. This is a confidential, consultative process.

Serving as a peer reviewer is an excellent professional development opportunity and a way to pick up new ideas, network, and actively participate in the Alliance’s efforts to advance standards and best practices. A peer reviewer’s service is the critical backbone to the success of this program.

Most MAP assessments are conducted by one peer reviewer. Reviewers are assigned to participating MAP museums using the information in their peer review profile, which must be kept up to date by the reviewer. Reviewers work closely with the museum and the AAM MAP program officer throughout the entire process.

When applying to be a peer reviewer you will be given five MAP assessment types to choose from. Please check the ones that best apply to your skill set and comfort level. You may pick multiple if you feel they are a good fit for your expertise. Also, once accepted, and an you gain additional experience in your career, you may request to have additional MAP types added to your peer review profile. For more information about the five MAP assessment types please click here.

For more information about MAP peer review please read the full job description (PDF).

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