A Guide to Building Partnerships Between Science Museums and University-Based Research Centers

Step-by-step advice on planning, developing, funding, and maintaining education outreach partnerships between research centers and museums. This 50-page guide is an updated and consolidated version of the older "Small Steps, Big Impact" guide posted online. Helpful for both science museum and research center planners, this 2013 edition is available both as a free 25-page landscape-view PDF download and as a handy 50-page 6x9 printed booklet that can be ordered for $12 including shipping from the Museum of Science, Boston.

Small Steps, Big Impact: An Online Guide for Science Museums Developing Partnerships with University-Based Research Centers

This online guidebook offers strategies for science museums to use in developing and carrying out grant-funded education outreach partnerships with university-based researchers and research centers. An abridged, revised, and updated version is available in PDF or booklet form at Both versions were produced by the Strategic Projects Group at the Museum of Science, Boston, for the NISE Network.

Museum & Community Partnerships collaboration resources

These resources are designed to assist museums to reach underserved audiences in your community that you aren’t currently engaging in learning about nanoscale science, engineering, and technology (“nano”). They include a collaboration tips, profiles of national youth-serving organizations, and a video on "Creating Successful Collaborations: Museum and Community Partnerships" (5 minute video)

Partnerships in the Nanoscale Informal Science Education Network (NISE Net): A study of partnerships between university scientists and museum professionals

This report describes findings from SRI’s research on Nanoscale Informal Science Education Network (NISE Net)-supported partnerships between university scientists and museum professionals to educate the public about nano-scale science, engineering, and technology (“nano”). These kinds of partnerships have the potential to leverage the expertise of both scientists and museum professionals, which is a particularly important benefit in an area as complex and as difficult to distill for public consumption as nano.

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