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  • Local history organizations are identifying their greatest needs with help from agencies at the state level that have created programs and tools using StEPs and other assessment programs. Hear how a state historical society, historical commission, and state humanities council are using assessment programs to gather data, offer assistance, and effect positive change. Chair: Cherie […]

  • This study addresses the plight of history organizations whose prospects of long-term survival are precarious. With a pressing need for new models, this study questions fundamental assumptions about governance and funding. Discussions include: Sustaining Organizations Through Best Practices and New Approaches History As A Third World Country: Why History is Difficult to Sustain Characteristics of Unsustainable […]

  • Being prepared and identifying the potential threats to one’s institution are the best ways of reducing risks to cultural collections. Organizations cannot move ahead to the development of an emergency plan without a clear-eyed understanding of the areas where their institution is most vulnerable to loss and damage.   This webinar focuses on the general […]

  • Check out which museums and sites have used Visitors Count! to better understand what people expect, need, and want when visiting―and what will bring them back! Visitors Count! is a visitor research program that provides the answers you need to be a high performing and thriving museum, historic house or site. With Visitors Count! you receive […]

  • The Museum Assessment Program (MAP) is coordinated by the American Alliance of Museums. MAP helps small and mid-sized museums strengthen operations, plan for the future and meet national standards through self-study and a site visit from a peer reviewer. The program offers four assessments: Organizational Collections Stewardship Community Engagement Leadership (full cost only) Non-competitive grants […]

  • This 2009 Tech Talk by Jim Mattson and Erik Holland provides guidance on using data to drive organizational performance, especially in all-volunteer organizations. Measuring performance helps an organization understand how to apply finite resources for maximum value.      

  • Success is often described by attendance and the bottom line, but are these the best measures of performance? This session continues the conversation begun at the 2007 Kykuit Forum on the merits and pitfalls of metrics, identifying quantitative and qualitative measures of success, and the challenges of implementation, especially at small organizations. This webinar was […]

  • This study, focusing on the classroom resources available to American history teachers and materials they access, primarily via the Internet, with which to enrich their students’ educational experience is the result of a collaborative efforts between two Smithsonian offices: the Office of Public Programs, National Museum of American History and the Office of Policy and […]

  • Time. People. Funding. We all want more of these elusive resources. While the StEPs program can’t provide more money, more hours in the day, or more workers, it does offer a sound structure for helping everyone within your organization work efficiently, focus on common goals, and communicate your organization’s success in ways that build credibility […]

  • It’s not enough to base your museum or historic site’s definition of success on visitation totals, budget reports or staff goals and objectives. Successful organizations understand what people expect, need and want when visiting, and what will bring them back again. Visitors Count! helps you collect the feedback and data only your visitors can provide. […]