The White Oak Institute is a non-profit formed by the owner/principals of White Oak Associates, Inc. and it benefits from that company's resources and 37 years of service to the museum field.
Who we are:
The mission of the White Oak Institute is to further innovation in the museum field through research, analysis, and dissemination of data-based findings drawn from museum impact and operating data.
The Institute involves museum leaders and experts in the field-wide dialogue and research needed to inform management's major decisions and to advance promising innovations.
A unique characteristic of the Institute's methodologies is the engagement of high-level museum managers and other professionals as investigators, working with their colleagues in processes supported and facilitated by the Institute's data analysis and synthesis and our dialogue facilitation resources, including a superb meeting place for group collaboration in historic Marblehead, MA.
More economically, socially, and environmentally sustainable museums that are better able to serve the public by offering more effective and efficient community services.
1. Digital Specifications for Museum-based Giant Screen Theaters
This website gives you free access to the White Oak Institute's findings and reports, as well as information on our upcoming initiatives. Many of our documents are also available on the sites of our project partners.
Recent research findings and reports:
2. The IMLS National Museum Census
4. Other Field and Sector-Wide Resources
3. ACM Benchmark Calculator