Archived Resources

Building Capacity, Connecting Communities: A Guide to Using AmeriCorps VISTA Members in Science Centers and Museums
This guidebook describes the process of running an AmeriCorps VISTA program and shares the experiences and lessons learned by ASTC and the science centers and museums who participated in the yearlong ASTC VISTA Community STEM initiative.

Science Centres Enhance Learning, Local Prosperity and Community Development
Presentation by Per-Edvin Persson at the ASPAC Conference, May 2014.

Economic Impact of Science Centers
This report is the result of an international study carried out in 2004 by Questacon – The National Science and Technology Centre in Canberra, Australia in cooperation with APAC, ASTC, ECSITE, and Red-POP. The report presents data about the economic activity of 199 science centers and related institutions in 35 countries. It also contains 12 economic impact case studies from three countries, and an outline of how to carry out an economic impact study.

A Handbook for Youth Programs in Science Centers and Museums, ASTC 2009.
This handbook is a compilation of information, suggestions and tools for museum staff wishing to start or enhance a youth program or a museum-based afterschool program for teens.

The Longevity Revolution
This 85-page report was prepared by the SPRY Foundation as background for a June 2006 NSF-supported conference. Included are results of a survey of science centers and a “field guide” to aging organizations and programs.

Equity and Diversity Toolkit for Museums and Science Centers
A key area of focus of ASTC’s Equity & Diversity Initiative is to offer a number of helpful ideas and resources for member organizations. This toolkit offers resources for member organizations in the areas of: leadership support, assessment, communication, professional development, career pipeline, and implementation of roles and responsibilities.

Choose the chapter that best meets your immediate need. Each includes an overview and relevant resources.

Establishing, Implementing, and Monitoring Diversity and Equity Policies

Communication Resources

Professional Development and Diversity Resources

Diversity Leadership Resources

Exhibit, Program & Audience Resources

Community Participation Resources

Assessment Resources