Get Recognition for Meeting National Standards
StEPs breaks down national standards into manageable levels: Basic, Good, and Better. This allows you to measure progress while working incrementally to make improvements. After completing each level within a section, your organization will receive a certificate from AASLH that lets your community and stakeholders see that you making meaningful progress toward national standards. And that translates into increased credibility that can help justify funding requests. After achieving the highest level in all sections, graduating organizations are formally recognized at the AASLH Annual Meeting Awards Banquet. See a list of institutions that have earned certificates.
Standards and Excellence Program for History Organizations
StEPs is AASLH’s self-study program designed specifically for small- to mid-sized history organizations, including volunteer-run institutions. Through a workbook, online resources, and an online community, organizations enrolled in StEPS assess their policies and practices and benchmark themselves against national museum standards. The program is divided into six sections that can be addressed in any order. In each section, organizations can identify their current practice as Basic, Good, or Better. Each level has its indicators, allowing organizations to set realistic goals and tackle challenges in small, manageable steps. Work in each section at your own pace using checklists, worksheets, sample documents, and the 24/7 online community.
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