1.4 Museum Research Methods Shaping A Project

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  • 1.4 Museum Research Methods Shaping A Project

    1. 1. Museum Research Methods MUSM7034 Semester 1 2009 Session 1.4 Shaping a project www.arts.usyd.edu.au/departs/museum http://musm7034.ning.com/
    2. 2. <ul><li>Define your information needs </li></ul><ul><li>Plan your resources </li></ul><ul><li>Project scope </li></ul><ul><li>Write a brief </li></ul><ul><li>Tendering process </li></ul><ul><li>Assessing tenders </li></ul>1. Introduction
    3. 3. <ul><li>What do ‘you’ want to know? </li></ul><ul><li>How will you (others?) use the information? </li></ul><ul><li>What decisions hang on this information? </li></ul><ul><li>How will you disseminate it? </li></ul><ul><li>Who are the audiences for the information? </li></ul>2. Information needs <ul><li>Everything you want to find out </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Concept map </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Things you already know </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Prioritise by resources and capacity to absorb and act </li></ul><ul><li>Stuff you GOTTA do, and stuff you WANT to do. </li></ul>
    4. 4. <ul><li>Just you? (time, skill in conducting or commissioning research) </li></ul><ul><li>Budget ($$$) </li></ul><ul><li>Networks and contacts (peers, professional forums, lecturers) </li></ul><ul><li>Corporate culture (DIY / outsource) </li></ul><ul><li>Resource boosters – students, interns, members, volunteers </li></ul><ul><li>Make a list </li></ul>3. Resources
    5. 5. <ul><li>Information requirements + resources = scope </li></ul><ul><li>Always know your budget before deciding the scope. </li></ul><ul><li>Ask around if you need to find out how much some standard things cost. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>How much will it cost to do 200 onsite interviews and write a report? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Is $10,000 enough to get some idea what visitors think about XYZ exhibition concept? What can you do for $10K? </li></ul></ul>4. Project scope
    6. 6. <ul><li>Open tender – large projects (c.$150,000+) </li></ul><ul><li>Invited tender – medium projects + keep finger on pulse </li></ul><ul><li>Preferred supplier </li></ul><ul><li>Legalities / due process / contract </li></ul><ul><li>Pro formas (good for comparing responses) </li></ul><ul><li>Level playing field ?? </li></ul><ul><li>Compliance – you need three quotes, but… </li></ul>5. Tendering process
    7. 7. 6. Write a brief <ul><li>Frame the brief to shape the responses. </li></ul><ul><li>Provide outline for responses. </li></ul><ul><li>Architecture of a brief </li></ul><ul><li>handout </li></ul>
    8. 8. 7. Assessing tenders <ul><li>Short list </li></ul><ul><li>Consult with others </li></ul><ul><li>Maybe interview </li></ul><ul><li>Open mind </li></ul><ul><li>Points system </li></ul><ul><li>Discuss and decide </li></ul><ul><li>Feedback to unsuccessful candidates </li></ul><ul><li>Congratulate the successful one! </li></ul><ul><li>It is good if you like them  good working relationship. </li></ul><ul><li>Consider their communication skills. </li></ul>
    9. 9. Your experiences
    10. 10. <ul><li>Gillian Savage </li></ul><ul><li>Ph. 9954 0455 (business hours) </li></ul><ul><li>E. [email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>Ning. http://musm7034.ning.com/ </li></ul>Contact

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