//Three Reasons Why Models Will Help Your Museum

Three Reasons Why Models Will Help Your Museum

Using models may seem overwhelming at first.  Models actually provide a straightforward way to manage and process a lot of information.  Let’s say you have posed a question to museum professional Facebook group or a museum association message board.  Odds are pretty good that you will receive multiple, thoughtful, yet contradictory answers.  Models will sort and analyze that information.  Here are the three main reasons why models are helpful.

  1. Models are familiar. Your board members, funders, and supporters who have for-profit experience have probably used the models available via this website or other such models.
  2. Models show the logic or thought process used to develop your recommendations. Other people, especially those who may be reading the document at a future date, will then understand how and why decisions were made.
  3. Models are replicable and updatable. If your data or circumstances change, you can re-run your model with that new information relatively quickly.  Then you can easily show the impact of that new data, too.

Take a look at our portfolio to see models in action – including a model revised for changed circumstance.

2018-01-08T15:41:31+00:00December 29th, 2017|Resources|

About the Author:

Samantha Chmelik, principal of Preston Argus, uses her background in operations management, benchmarking, and strategic planning to help cultural and history organizations implement their missions. She has worked and volunteered at libraries, museums, and non-profit organizations for two decades. She is also the author of Museum and Historic Site Management: A Case Study Approach, Rowman & Littlefield, 2015 and Museum Operations: A Handbook of Tools, Templates, and Models, Rowman & Littlefield, 2017.