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  • Garnering Support: Conducting Surveys and Other Community Engagement Activities 
    The best plans are broadly inclusive of community ideas, needs, and aspirations. There is no denying the value of seriously listening to the people for whom you are creating your museum. This webinar focuses on ways to include your community in the planning process through online and face to face surveys, interviews with elders, workshops, and public meetings where you can hear their needs, test ideas, and even solicit future assistance in collecting objects for your museum.


  • Developing a Community Needs Assessment and Strategic Plan
    This recorded session provides an overview and templates designed for conducting community needs assessments, which can be used to inform and develop strategic plans.
  • Im/measurable Outcomes: Innovative Approaches to Community Engagement
    Representatives from the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe and the Ziibiwing Center of Anishinabe Culture & Lifeways share how working for/in/with the community engages the community as partners in grantmaking, program design and experiential learning. This session covers how specific collaborations and strategic grantmaking blend Tribal values of literacy, education, and culture, enriching the community’s well-being and enhancing the quality of life. Innovative community events, such as birchbark canoe-building and Indigenous author gatherings are shared.


  • Conducting a Community Assessment
  • Beyond the Survey – Basket of Discovery Tools
  • Defining Partnerships
  • Partnership Matrix


  • Huhugam Heritage Center Community Survey
  • Huhugam Heritage Center Building on Strengths Survey
  • Ohkay Owingeh Museum Community Assessment Survey and Answers
  • Suquamish Foundation Environmental Assessment
  • Alutiiq Museum Archaeological Repository Future Facility Findings Report

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