A CAP assessment may assist your institution by:
Every CAP report will contain an Executive Summary that serves as a prioritized list of recommendations for improving your institution’s collections care. Though you may be aware of many of these issues already, the assessment can help you decide where to invest limited resources. It may be valuable in drawing the attention of your board or leadership to collections care concerns. If you are interested in seeking grant funding or private support for conservation or preservation activities, a CAP report can provide a professional argument for the need for such work.
First, you should consider if your institution is ready to commit to improving collections care. CAP will provide you with a road map that you can use to improve the state of your collections. But in order to see improvement, your institution must be willing to work to implement those recommendations. If there are institutional barriers that you expect might hinder implementation, you might consider exploring the American Alliance of Museum’s Museum Assessment Program (MAP) or American Association for State and Local History’s Standards and Excellence Program for History Organizations (StEPs) program.
If you believe it is the right time for your organization to explore a CAP assessment, make sure your institution meets all of the Eligibility requirements and that you have the time to commit to the Process.
If you have additional concerns about whether CAP is a good fit for you, CAP staff would be happy to talk about your individual circumstances and answer any additional questions you have. Contact us at 202-750-3346 or email@example.com.
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