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Mission and Institutional Planning Recorded Webinars

The Importance and Value of Your Mission Statement

This program focuses on the importance of the mission statement as the driving force behind all institutional decision-making and its relationship to the vision statement, institutional values statement, strategic plan and case for support.

Strategic Thinking and Planning

Drawing on proven organizational concepts from the business sector, this program addresses four essential elements of long term sustainability to help museums strengthen their sustainability over the long term through strategic thinking and planning, while remaining financially viable through cost reductions and shifting resources.

Museum Business Planning: Balancing Mission and Market

Museums are increasingly feeling the pressure to operate “like a business” while retaining the values and priorities of a nonprofit. This four-hour webinar examines the processes involved in business planning, including the conceptual shift from capacity and mission to market opportunities and brand; analyzing your organization’s fundamental business model; the difference between a business plan and a strategic plan; collecting the necessary data; who should be involved in the planning; and measuring success beyond profit or loss.

Universal Design: Beyond Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA)

Leading practitioners examine integrating universal design principles into exhibitions and public programs. Topics include defining universal design, accessibility, and program access; a brief history of universal design principles; and the value of universal design to cultural arts organizations.  

Museum Standards and Best Practices Primer 

Join senior Alliance staff and other leading practitioners for a valuable overview and introduction to National Standards and Best Practices. Get grounded in the standards which constitute the museum field's core operational principles.

Project Management Basics

(Part 1 of a 4-part series)

Learn the basics of project management, including what changes when you go from “doing” the work to “managing” the project; project management tools; how to plan the work of those involved; how to create budgets and timelines; and how to negotiate on behalf of the project. This program also explores different project management styles, providing insights on how to build on strengths to create effective project teams.

Project Management: Creating a Scope of Work

(Part 2 of a 4-part series)

Explore the many considerations in developing a project scope of work, including goals and objectives; schedule & milestones; budget; assumptions and constraints; action steps and deliverables; roles and responsibilities; and measures of success. This program also explores the use of feasibility studies, requests for proposals, and the importance of continuous planning as milestones are reached.

Project Management: Getting the Project Work Done

(Part 3 of a 4-part series)

This webinar begins with a brief review of the project planning process and how to use those plans to keep the project on track. The focus of the program is on the reality of implementing the project; exploring what goes wrong and why; and how to stay on track, on budget, and on time. 

Project Management: Closing and Evaluating the Project

(Part 4 of a 4-part series)

This webinar begins with a brief review of the process of planning and implementing a project as the basis for evaluating if the project was delivered on time, on budget, and to specifications. The program then focuses on approaches for assessing your experience on one project and turning it into a learning experience for the next. In addition, the webinar briefly explores a handful of project management software tools.

Retrenchment, Reinvention, Realignment

(Part of Straight Talk: Museums Rising to the Financial Challenge series)

Senior level colleagues explore how institutions can best respond to the economic tsunami by making and communicating effective decisions across the organization, building or reinforcing collaborations and partnerships, managing change, and refocusing on mission, vision and institutional goals.  

Managing People in Tough Times

(Part of series, Straight Talk: Museums Rising to the Financial Challenge)

Gain insight into how best to contemplate/conduct necessary staff reductions; how to get and keep the right employees in the right jobs; assist employees and volunteers to grieve the loss of their missing colleagues; and move forward in the best interest of the institution. Employees whose positions are eliminated will be better able to shape their futures and build on their own strengths.

Planning for Crisis Communications

This webinar offers practical tips and case studies on how to better prepare and manage strategic crisis communication plans, develop crisis communication systems and tools in advance, respond effectively in crisis situations and reestablish or rebuild your institution's post-crisis reputation.