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ERIC Number: ED543073
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Sep
Pages: 16
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
Supporting Museums--Serving Communities: An Evaluation of the Museums for America Program. Executive Summary
Institute of Museum and Library Services
Museums for America (MFA) is the largest IMLS grant program for museums; it supports institutions by investing in high-priority, high-value activities that are clearly linked to the institution's strategic plan and enhance its value to its community. MFA grants situate projects within a framework of meeting three strategic goals: engaging communities, building institutional capacity, and collections stewardship. MFA grants are awarded to eligible museums annually through a competitive process. Allowable activities include a broad range of museum work, such as digitization and collections management, exhibit and program development and implementation, research and evaluation, and staff development. This evaluation covers the first year (2004) of the Museums for America grant program through 2010. During that period, IMLS received 3,404 MFA applications from 1,817 eligible museums, awarding 1,191 grants to 830 museums, a total of $123 million in funding. This Executive Summary presents findings from the two-year study conducted by RMC Research Corporation. The study looked at the program's efficacy in serving the museum community and the impact of the MFA program and MFA-funded projects. RMC's analysis drew on IMLS administrative data from applications and awards, responses to an online survey administered by RMC to a subset of MFA applicants and grant recipients, interviews with representatives of 26 completed exemplary projects, and site visits to six of those 26 museums. (Contains 2 footnotes.) [For the full report, "Supporting Museums--Serving Communities: An Evaluation of the Museums for America Program. Full Report," see ED543074.]
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Adult Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Institute of Museum and Library Services; RMC Research Corporation