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 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 when the next application period is open.

Deadline: TBD

MAP also offers a Follow Up Visit Opportunity for a limited number of museums that completed a MAP assessment between 2013 to 2020.  The Follow-Up Visit Opportunity re-connects your museum with the original Peer Reviewer to help guide and support your museum’s efforts towards implementing recommendations from the original assessment report.

Deadline: June 1, 2021 or September 1, 2021

Program Contacts:

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