Tagged: Surveys

Participatory Practices in the Museum and Gallery Sector

Do you work in a museum or gallery, in any role, anywhere in the UK? If so, ERS Ltd would like to invite you to take part in our research project. ERS Ltd, an independent research consultancy- have been commissioned by an independent UK funder to explore current practices and drivers for involving communities in the work of museums and galleries. The survey will take no more than 10-15 minutes to share your views.

The study aims to draw out key lessons about designing successful influencing strategies, which should be of benefit to the wider sector when findings are published later in 2018. You don’t need to be an “expert” in participation to take part, and we very much look forward to hearing what you have to say!

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Kids in Museums Survey

Kids in Museums supports museums, galleries and heritage sites to welcome and involve families, children and young people, particularly those that do not visit. It aims to enable all visitors to feel a sense of belonging through actively participating in the rich, diverse experiences and opportunities the museum, gallery and heritage sector has to offer.

Kids in Museums has recently become an Arts Council England National Portfolio Sector Support Organisation. Following this and due to a successful HLF Resilient Heritage grant, the organisation is exploring ways to build its training and consultancy services. We want your views to help Kids in Museums shape its future support for the sector.

Kids in Museums has contracted consultants Caroline Marcus Associates to gather, interpret and present feedback and to give an independent review. Your feedback is a vital part of this process and we would encourage you to be open and as full as possible with your answers. The information gathered will help shape the training and consultancy offer Kids in Museums develops, to ensure it supports you and your organisation to put children, families and young people at the heart of what you do.

Please fill in this survey to enter into a prize draw and receive a summary of the results. You can win two tickets to an exhibition of your choice*. Just tick the boxes at the end of the survey.

This survey should take around 10 minutes to complete.

*subject to availability

A Stronger GEM a Stronger Sector Survey

GEM is thinking hard about its future.  Our ACE-funded Learning and Sharing Centre project is in full swing, delivering a variety of new training courses and CPD, and our website is being redeveloped with a wealth of new and improved features.

This survey forms part of an independent review of our CPD provision prepared by the project’s business training consultants. We’ve tried to keep it short and easy to complete.  Most of the questions simply require you to tick a box.  There are also some questions that will help us gather evidence about the impact you have as a museum or heritage educator. 

To complete the survey, please click here.

Your feedback will help us plan our support, fundraising and advocacy for learning through museums and other heritage organisations.

Making, Using and Enjoying: The Museum of the Intangible Survey

Since January 2017 the Museum of English Rural Life (the MERL) at the University of Reading has been running a project called Making, Using and Enjoying: The Museum of the Intangible. This project explores the potential of intangible cultural heritage (ICH) and creative and digital practice to improve research and understanding of our collections and to extend engagement.

As part of the project they are developing a ‘toolkit’ to help museums and heritage organisations use the combination of intangible cultural heritage ideas and visual arts and other creative practices to engage and enrich the lives of new audiences. To help them develop this toolkit, we would like your input and request that museums complete this survey.

Thank you in advance for your help.

Archive Service Accreditation Review

From The National Archives:

Understanding why services have not yet applied for Archive Service Accreditation – we need your views

Archive Service Accreditation is nearly five years old and has been awarded to almost 100 services.  But there are still many services, including museums holding archives, that have not yet applied.   We are keen to find out why. The National Archives is currently delivering a light-touch review of the Scheme.  A really important element of this work is to understand why archive services of all types across the UK have not made an application yet, when they think they might do so or whether they will not, and their motivation for their decision. So we would like to invite managers of archive services, including museums holding archives, that have not yet made an application  to take a brief online survey which explores if, when and why a service is contemplating an application. We would like to hear both from those that intend to make an application at some point and those who do not envisage applying at all.   It is open to archive services right across the UK from all sectors  and should be answered by the individual who manages the service and would be responsible for any application were one to be made.  The responses will be used to inform the redrafting of the Standard and Guidance and to help the Scheme engage with services. 

Please note that the survey should only be filled in by organisations that meet the eligibility criteria i.e. that hold archives (i.e. unique documents not books or photocopies)  that measure at least 4000 items or 50 linear metres or 4.2 cubic metres.

The survey can be found at in English here and in Welsh here.  It is open until Thursday 30 November at 9pm.  All responses will be treated confidentially and will be analysed by Elizabeth Oxborrow-Cowan, Consultant Archivist, who has been commissioned by The National Archives to undertake this Review. The National Archives and the other partners to the Accreditation Scheme will not see the individual responses and will receive anonymised reporting on the results. If you have any questions contact Elizabeth (elizabeth@elizabethoc.co.uk, 07719 609894). 

The review of Archives Accreditation is being undertaken at the same time as the review of Museums Accreditation by ACE.  There is regular contact between the two schemes to share learning arising from the two reviews. 

Arts Council England Live-to-Digital Research Study

Arts Council England would love to speak to your audiences

Arts Council England are currently conducting a research study looking into live-to-digital content generation and consumption.

To help with part of this research, they are looking for a number of arts and cultural organisations help them get 5 minute online survey out to a diverse, arts-engaged audience across a range of art forms – and they are particularly interested in hearing from people who are interested in museums – so we said we’d try to help by encouraging some of our members/contacts to share the survey. They want to get responses from everyone, from those who engage with digital arts day-to-day to those who’ve never come across anything of the sort – so every response is really valuable.

This could be via a number of means, for example, sharing a link to the survey on your social media page, including it in a scheduled newsletter, or by a direct mail to your contacts. If you’re keen to help, then it would be very much appreciated! Some additional information is below.

What is the survey about?

The survey aims to explore live-to-digital across a range of art forms, to assess the impact it is having, and to understand future potential. It will include questions for participants around:

  • Who they are, how often they consume live-to-digital (if at all), and for which art forms
  • Opinions of live-to-digital and how it compares with the ‘real world’ experience (if applicable)
  • Motivations and barriers to engaging with live-to-digital content
  • What types of live-to-digital content they would be interested in engaging with in future

The survey has 13 questions, and there will be a prize draw for those taking part, with the opportunity to win an iPad mini or one of 5 runner-up prizes of £20 in M&S vouchers. 

How can you help?

You can help by getting the survey link out to your audience any way you like – for example, by doing one or more of the following:

  • Posting the survey link to your social media channels
  • Putting a link to the survey onto your website
  • Incorporating the survey link into part of a regular newsletter you send out
  • Sending the survey link to your mailing list as a one-off mail

What will happen to the information collected?

The information will be collected and stored by a research agency called MTM, in accordance with the Market Research Society (MRS) Code of Conduct – data will be analysed in aggregate only and respondents will remain anonymous. 

The data gathered will feed into a wider report on live-to-digital, to be published via Arts Council England’s website later in 2017. It will build on the previous research study which looked at live-to-digital in the context of theatre (available here), and aims to be a valuable resource for the whole of the arts and culture sector.

What if I want more information?

MTM are happy to work with you to find the best way of getting our survey to your audience, or to answer any questions you have at all. Please get in touch with Jade at jade.rea@mtmlondon.com

Museum University Partnerships Initiative (MUPI)

Call for Participation

A project associated with the Museum University Partnerships Initiative (MUPI) is being conducted to support a preliminary investigation into the possibility of a website to link museums with researchers. To do this, the views of academics and museum staff are needed to form the basis of the work.

Such a site would allow museums to promote their lesser known collections or objects to researchers whilst also enabling researchers to seek specific items or information from museums, particularly smaller regional establishments.

The survey is available here and should only take a couple of minutes to fill in.

Focus groups are being held to discuss the subject further in York and Leeds in the week beginning 4 December, if you would be interested in attending please contact Kate Stephenson at kepstephenson@gmail.com.

Museum Accreditation Survey

From Arts Council England:

The UK partners (Arts Council England, Museums Galleries, the Welsh Government, and Northern Ireland Museums Council) are currently undertaking a review into Museum Accreditation. We have been working with a wide range of stakeholders including the Museum Development Network, the Association of Independent Museums, the Museums Association, local authority museums, national museums, independents and volunteer run museums. We have also received feedback, comments and suggestions from many individuals.

This survey is a response to the things which you have told us are not currently working. You have told us that Accreditation is too bureaucratic and that we ask for too much information which is not relevant to a baseline quality standard. You have also told us that expectations within the Accreditation Standard are not proportionate and reasonable for smaller organisations. We know that the returns cycle isn’t currently working and some of you have told us you would like this extended. This survey will look at these areas and a range of other issues we have heard about.

Some of the things that are not currently working well such as our internal processes and online systems, do not appear in this survey. From the feedback we have already received we recognise these challenges and are already making some changes to find longer term solutions for these issues.

To complete the survey please visit the survey site.

MA Museums Survey

The Museums Association (MA) has launched a new UK-wide Museums Survey.

Museums of all sizes and types are urged to complete the survey in order to build a comprehensive picture of current state of the museum sector across the UK.

The survey comes at an important moment for museums, with a wide range of sector reviews ongoing across the UK.

The survey is short and will be easy to complete by a member of staff with a good overview of their museum’s work, ideally a manager, director or someone who gathers information for an annual report. The questions cover: type of museum; visitor numbers and engagement; museum finances; volunteers and staff; education work; and challenges and opportunities for the future including Brexit. The deadline is 24th November.

To complete the survey click here.

The survey will provide national level data on the museums sector that all museums can use in their advocacy work. It will also be used to inform national and regional policy and advocacy work by the MA, including our annual Museum Report. You can see this year’s report here.

Second sector-wide National Alliance for Museums Health and Wellbeing Survey

From The National Alliance for Museums, Health and Wellbeing:

Are you running health and wellbeing provision in your organisation? In 2016, NAMHW carried out a major preliminary survey to map health and wellbeing interventions and innovations in heritage organisations.  It resulted in an online database http://museumsandwellbeing.org/ and the Museums for Health and Wellbeing: A Preliminary Report available at: https://museumsandwellbeingalliance.wordpress.com.  We want to update this information and create a new report to reflect the depth, successes and challenges of this work in the sector.

For more information about the survey click here.

We would be very grateful if you would complete a new survey by Monday 9th October, which is accessible here.


Save the date!

The National Alliance for Museums, Health and Wellbeing third Museums for Health and Wellbeing conference will take place at Thinktank in Birmingham on 13 March 2018 and Museums and Wellbeing Week from 12-18 March 2018 so start thinking about your events! We will keep you updated about the conference and how to upload your Museums and Wellbeing Week events later in the autumn.