Member Benefits

Basic Access

$8,000

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  • Participation in annual survey with semi-custom results
  • Copies of the year's publications, plus access to one issue from the back catalog.
  • Input on research agenda
  • Invitation to participate in additional research experiments
Each year, Museums R+D will develop a survey designed to address key research questions for the coming year. Member museums will be encouraged to disseminate the survey to their stakeholders to help build a national sample of museum goers for analysis.

BONUS: Each member museum will receive a custom slide deck and spreadsheet with their museum’s results, including comparisons with the overall sample. Over time, member museums will also be able to compare their results with that of previous years, giving them a greater understanding of who their current audience is and how that audience is, or is not, changing over time.

Member museums can receive multiple copies of all publications (described here) so that that key staff and trustees have their own copies. Members may also request one of our past publications, listed here.
Have burning questions about museums, their visitors, and why museums are important? We want to know! All member museums are encouraged to share their questions with us for consideration for inclusion in the research agenda. 
From time to time, we will be launching special research experiments and projects, and we’d like out member museums to have the first shot at those opportunities. Museums that participate in research experiments will be provided with the resources they need to help conduct the experiment, and the results of the experiment will be shared privately with them before we share more broadly with other members. 

Intermediate Access

$16,000

Everything included with Basic Access,   

PLUS

  • Annual Community Demographic Update
  • Ability to add custom questions to yearly survey
  • Phone consultations with Museums R+D staff
  • Strategic planning review
  • Invitation to the Annual Convening
  • 2 gift subscriptions for funders and donors
  • Access to the full back catalog of issues
Find out how your community is changing over time, and how it differs from your core audience, in this custom demographic report. Museums R+D staff will pull the latest US Census Bureau mirco-data for your community (as you define it) and provide member museums with a  custom slide deck with the findings as well as brief analysis and commentary.
Member museums will be able to add custom questions for their respondents to the yearly survey. We’ll work with you to develop the right question(s) and customize your museum’s survey. To keep the survey from being of excessive length, member museums may add either one open-ended question or two closed-ended questions.
Every museum is unique, facing their own sets of challenges and opportunities. Through regular phone consultations with Museums R+D, museum staff can talk through research implications for their museum while also use Museums R+D senior staff as a sounding board for new ideas and initiatives.
Member museums can send Museums R+D staff drafts of their strategic plan for research-based feedback, so the new strategic plan will better position your museum to drive greater impact in the coming years.
At least once a year, we’ll invite key staff from member museums to join us for a convening. What will take place? It will depend on what our members need! Annual convening will take place during the AAM Annual Meeting and also include time to discuss and plan the upcoming year’s Research Agenda. 
Engaged funders and donors want to know more about how the organizations they support are using the best research and analysis out there to plan their operations. Member museums can share that research with funding agencies and donors by selecting them for complimentary gift memberships. Gift members will receive all publications and can also participate in webinars and discussions.
Members may request any of our past publications, listed here.
Advanced Access

$25,000

Everything included with Intermediate Access,

PLUS

  • 10-question state-wide survey
  • Survey review services
  • One-day visit from senior consultant
  • 2 additional gift subscriptions for funders and donors (4 total per year)
  • Support for fundraising and development initiatives
  • Survey review services
Wonder what people in your state think, especially non-museum goers? Choose up to 10 questions from a selection of survey questions for state-wide sampling.
Member museums can send us drafts of in-house surveys, and we’ll make suggestions to help the survey meet your needs as well as being user-friendly to your respondents. (Note: we are not responsible for writing the survey or for analysis.) 
We will come to your museums and spend a day with key staff, trustees, and stakeholders. The day will be planned by you, to meet your needs, and the senior consultant will have available all existing, and relevant, slide decks that  may address the issues you are facing. Note we will not be able to create a custom slide deck for the day, though we will share information from relevant slide decks with you.

Member museums are responsible for travel expenses incurred. International member museums outside of North American and Europe should contact us in advance about any additional fees associated with a site visit.

Engaged funders and donors want to know more about how the organizations they support are using the best research and analysis out there to plan their operations. Member museums can share that research with funding agencies and donors by selecting them for complimentary gift memberships. Gift members will receive all publications and can also participate in webinars and discussions.
In our belief of outcomes-oriented work, we will also help members sharpen their fundraising and development initiatives to fund their best work.
Member museums can send us drafts of in-house surveys, and we’ll make suggestions to help the survey meet your needs as well as being user-friendly to your respondents. (Note: we are not responsible for writing the survey or for analysis.) 

(Note: Pricing for museums only; please contact us for pricing information if you would like to join but are not a museum.)