Part of ANSM’s mandate is "to encourage the development of professional best practices in Nova Scotia's museums". In compliment to its commitment to professional best practices, ANSM delivers the Museum Evaluation Program. It addresses seven areas of museum operations – Governance, Management, Facility, Collection & Access to Information, Interpretation, Community, and Marketing & Revenue Generation.
Evaluation involves a two-step process which includes a Documentation Review and Site Evaluation. Museums first complete a Documentation Review Form (see below) that addresses the seven areas and submit accompanying documentation. The second part of the evaluation is a site evaluation, where a team of three museum professionals visit the museum and assess its operations using the Site Evaluation Form (see below). Museums receive a comprehensive report that includes detailed score breakdowns, comments from the evaluation team, and recommendations for improvements.
ANSM is a partner of the provincial government in the development, delivery and reporting of the Museum Evaluation program.
The Museum Evaluation Program is currently evolving into the Accreditation Program. Participation in the program will provide museums with a means to be transparent and accountable in their community service activities. Museums that excel in the evaluation process and meet the other necessary program requirements will receive the designation of Accredited Museum.