DHPSNY's Spring 2020 Planning & Assessment Services Deadline is Fast-Approaching on Friday March 20
2020 is officially in full swing—what’s in store for your institution this year? An excellent way to get your institution on track to reaching program goals and becoming even better stewards to the collections in your care is to take part in one of DHPSNY’s FREE services!
Taking part in DHPSNY's Planning & Assessment Services can help your organization:
- Secure future grants and other funding opportunities
- Gain knowledge of the standards and best practices for collections management & preservation as well as confidence in applying this knowledge
- Increase the accessibility and use of your institution’s collections
- Build a lasting relationship with DHPSNY’s supportive professional staff
Where do you start?
With just under two months to go before the Friday, March 20, 2020, deadline, it is the the perfect time to begin your application process by deciding which DHPSNY service is best for your program. To help you to get started, we've outlined each of our four services below with links to their pages as well as testimonials and application materials.
Strategic Planning Assistance
DHPSNY is proud to offer Strategic Planning Assistance in partnership with the New York Council of Nonprofits (NYCON). Together, we have created a six-month curriculum that enables board and staff members to assess an organization’s strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats under the leadership of a trained facilitator.
"Our new strategic plan is very motivating. The experience brought board members together and, for many, introduced them to a planning process."
Archival Needs Assessments
An Archival Needs Assessment is an excellent way to examine your archival program holistically through an external lens. The assessment looks at how your program functions, identifying what's working, as well as areas of potential improvement.
"Lack of adequate space for preservation work and storage, environmental issues, our budget, and staffing issues are all things that were talked about in the report—having it from an official, professional agency goes much further in getting results."
A Preservation Survey is a general evaluation of your institution’s preservation needs and is a recommended step for any archival program. In addition to pinpointing areas of concern and recommendations for improvement, a Preservation Survey is a valuable tool in fundraising for collections care and often a prerequisite for grants and other funding opportunities.
"I knew the Preservation Survey would be important, but was surprised by the number of ways we have subsequently used it in our work."
A Condition Survey is a valuable tool for institutions that have previously undergone a Preservation Survey (through DHPSNY or another program) and are now interested in evaluating the conditions of collection materials on a more granular level. Since a Condition Survey is designed to evaluate the materials in a discrete collection, this service will be offered only after an overall Preservation Survey has been conducted.
If you're still unsure which service to apply for or whether your institution is ready, DHPSNY staff is here to help! For assistance, questions about eligibility, or additional information, contact DHPSNY Program Manager Anastasia Matijkiw at 215-798-0105 or firstname.lastname@example.org.