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Benchmarking and Evaluation

The Alliance has compiled this set of benchmarking and evaluation resources from amongst its own offerings as well as those throughout the nonprofit and museum sector.

Alliance Resources

Audience Research and Evaluation

The Alliance has compiled a set of audience research and evaluation resources from its own offerings and from throughout the nonprofit sector.

Committee on Audience Research and Evaluation (CARE)

The Alliance Professional Network Committee on Audience Research and Evaluation provides a forum for museum professionals who believe that understanding the visitor is an essential part of museum planning and operation. CARE disseminates information about systematic research and evaluation pertaining to museum audiences.

CARE-apy: How to Evaluate Without a Staff Evaluator

View a recording of the CARE Network’s “CARE-apy: How to Evaluate Without a Staff Evaluator,” webinar presented Emily Craig and Michelle Mileham by on April 30, 2020.

Making Evaluation Practices Work in Real-Time

The Alliance provides a handout from its 2013 annual meeting, which offers a glimpse of how some projects and organizations are integrating evaluative thinking and practices into their daily work and product development processes. The session handouts focus on sharing different ways of facilitating learning and evaluation capacity-building, with an emphasis on sharing the products of those labors.

Starting Evaluation with Team-Based Inquiry

View a recording of CARE Network’s “Starting Evaluation with Team-Based Inquiry,” webinar presented by the Minnesota Historical Society and Como Park Zoo and Conservancy on March 11, 2020. Presenters share a useful framework for engaging all types of museum staff in evaluating specific programs and organization-wide efforts.

Other Resources

Checklist of Nonprofit Organizational Indicators

The Free Management Library provides a checklist that helps organizations identify their strengths and weaknesses in an administrative capacity. The tool assists nonprofits in understanding their management needs and areas of improvements.

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