Recognized Museum Program
The Recognized Museum Program is evolving.
A revised Recognized Museum Program (RMP) will launch in January
2019. And while the Program remains standards based, the
application process has received some much needed T.L.C and changed
for the better.
There is now a condensed Application Form, a fast-tracked
Reapplication process for existing Recognized Museums and an
Institutional Profile. Existing Recognized Museums can also now
choose to apply to become a Recognized Museum Leader.
The Alberta Museums Association (AMA) embarked on a two-year
journey to give the RMP a robust, in-depth and relentless review.
This was no small feat. We hired a consultant to provide
independent feedback and analysis of the current iteration of the
Program, and recommendations on how to improve it. We held
consultations and program testing with members throughout the
province, and researched other accreditation programs throughout
the world. We looked at where the current Program succeeds, areas
where it can be improved, and tactics to increase and ensure
accessibility and usability.
Here are the key changes to RMP:
Your Application begins with an Institutional
All institutions will be required to complete an Institutional Profile before
submitting their application. This will help the Review Panel
better understand your museum, how ready you are to embark on your
RMP journey, and areas where the AMA can provide Advisory Services
to support your institution.
Less evidence is required
The new Program is now focused around fifteen pieces of
evidence, down from the previous twenty.
If you are currently a Recognized Museum, you can use
the fast-tracked reapplication route
Reapplication focusses on ten core pieces of evidence, which
demonstrate your institution is maintaining best practice
Currently Recognized Museums can continue their RMP
journey, by applying to become a Recognized Museum
Recognized Museums who wish to embrace an additional challenge
are eligible to submit a Leader Reapplication. The Leader Reapplication
consists of eight additional pieces of evidence, which demonstrate
leadership in Alberta's museum sector. Your Leader status can be
held for eight years, instead of the standard five.
RMP is now 100% digital
Your entire application process is completed online. This change means a greener,
streamlined process and less time at the photocopier.
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