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Needs Assessment

A good coach can make the difference between a good team and a great team.  Coaches point out when you do your best, suggest ways you can hone new skills, and sometimes help you identify issues that could ultimately hold you back.

The Needs Assessment program of the Ohio History Connection's Local History Office brings to your historical society team an experienced, professional, and sympathetic public history "coach."  This colleague brings new perspectives to your institution and applies years of experience leading and assisting organizations just like yours.  In a one-day site visit with staff and board (whether paid or all-volunteer), he will help you to identify the best next steps for your organization.

In the weeks following the Needs Assessment site visit, clients receive a 3-5 page report summarizing the finding of the visit and noting priorities for future action.  The report is supplemented by technical leaflets and brochures where appropriate to address specific aspects of a historical society's operation.  In the past, Needs Assessments have addressed subjects such as:

• Artifact care and preservation
• Board member responsibilities
• Volunteer recruitment and retention
• Museum exhibits
• Public programs
• Collection management and inventory

A Needs Assessment is a wonderful, inexpensive opportunity for leaders of Ohio's historical organizations to step back from day-to-day responsibilities and see their organization and its future in a new light.

For details on availability, fees, and scheduling, call the Local History Office toll free at 1-800-858-6878 or email