Program Overview:
The Museum Assessment Program (MAP) is supported through a cooperative agreement between IMLS and the American Alliance of Museums. MAP offers museums an opportunity to strengthen operations and plan for the future through a low-cost, year-long process of self-assessment and consultative peer review.

A MAP assessment engages a team of museum staff and stakeholders in a series of institutional self-assessment activities and information gathering using a MAP Workbook. During this process a site visit is conducted by a Peer Reviewer who visits the museum and consults with staff, governing officials, volunteers, and other stakeholders. The Peer Reviewer works with the museum and MAP staff to produce an assessment report evaluating the museum's operations, making recommendations, and suggesting resources and strategies for implementation.

Five MAP assessment types are available: Organizational, Collections Stewardship, Education & Interpretation, Community & Audience Engagement, and Board Leadership. Find out which assessment type is right for your museum and how to apply- the online application is now open!

This 12 minute recorded presentation, The Insider's Guide to MAP covers all the details about program cost, eligibility requirements, and some of the positive institutional impacts from a few of the more than 5,000 museums that have participated in MAP.

Deadline: February 1, 2023

Program Contacts:
Contact MAP staff by email or by phone 202-289-9118 with any questions about the MAP program or application process.

February 1, 2023