Risk Management and Risk-based Decision Making for Museum, Gallery, Archive and Historic House Collections

Advanced Professional Development Workshop

Dates:
to the
Location:
Canadian Conservation Institute, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Are Risks to Your Collection Keeping You Awake at Night?

Caring for artifacts and collections can be a challenge when resources shrink as demand for access grows. In addition to trying to provide appropriate exhibition and storage facilities for collections, heritage professionals today face new dilemmas:

  • Should we exhibit artifacts in non-museum spaces?
  • Is it safe to hold a large event in a particular gallery?
  • How does one address unstable modern materials or contemporary art collections?
  • Which preservation improvement should we implement if we can only afford one?

This workshop will teach heritage professionals how to use risk management techniques to make decisions regarding care of collections on display and in storage. Topics covered include:

  • What is risk management and risk-based decision making?
  • How is it applied to collections in museums, galleries, archives and historic house museums?
  • How does collection value affect risk-based decisions?
  • How is cost-benefit analysis used in risk-based decision making?
  • What patterns have emerged from the comprehensive risk assessments done by CCI for Canadian institutions? What risks are universal, what risks are local?
  • How can I apply risk management techniques to difficult decisions about increased use of and public access to collections?

Who Is It For?

Conservators, collection managers, registrars, facility managers and generalists in small museums.

The workshop will be delivered in English, but some information will be made available in French.

Two Workshop Options

: A one-day introduction to the main ideas and some case studies. Provided in person and at a distance via livestream (limited to 50 participants in each format).

-: A four-day course consisting of the one-day introduction plus a three-day interactive workshop (limited to 22 participants). The workshop will apply the ideas introduced on the first day to individual decisions that affect collections, especially those that look “risky,” through practical exercises, group work and mentoring. Practical sessions will address risks identified during CCI’s client survey of 2013 as well as those identified by participants prior to the course.

Draft Agenda (subject to change)

One-day Introduction (primarily lectures with a few guided exercises)
Session 1
Why risk-based decision making? Why the value pie?
Session 2
Benefits to institutions: Preservation impact of past risk management projects
Session 3
Diving into judgement time (guided exercise): Applying the ABC method
Session 4
Tools and trends: New methods for risk analysis, economies of scale and emerging risk patterns
Four-day Workshop (primarily guided group exercises and discussions with related lectures)
Session 5
Identifying risks
Session 6
Analyzing frequency and rate
Session 7
Scenario analysis I: Developing risk summary sentences and assigning an A score
Session 8
Assessing loss of value
Session 9
Developing a value pie and estimating fraction affected
Session 10
Scenario analysis II: Assigning B and C scores
Session 11
Evaluating risks
Session 12
Assessing benefit
Session 13
Costs of risk reduction
Session 14
Do it! Applying the ABC method to collections care challenges in participants’ institutions
Who Is Teaching?

Stefan Michalski, Senior Conservation Scientist, Canadian Conservation Institute
José Luiz Pedersoli Jr., Consultant, ICCROM
Irene Karsten, Preservation Development Advisor, Canadian Conservation Institute
Guest lecturers

Additional Information
Please contact CCI if you require additional information.

How to Apply

One-day Introduction

Number of Participants

A maximum of 50 registrations for in person attendance and 50 registrations for distance livestream attendance will be accepted. Preference will be given to Canadian citizens.

Cost*

Early-bird fee (register prior to ):
C$200 (includes HST) for Canadian participants
C$275 for all others
Regular fee (register by ):
C$300 (includes HST) for Canadian participants
C$375 for all others

* Includes the workshop manual and refreshments for attendees on site.

How to Register

To register to attend the one-day workshop, complete the Registration Form [DOC format (211 KB)] below. If you are unable to download the application form, we will be happy to assist you. Please submit your request to Enquiry Services (pch.ICCservices-CCIServices.pch@canada.ca). Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis.

Registration must be submitted by .

Payment

Payment for the one-day workshop is upon registration. It must be provided in Canadian funds by credit card (American Express, MasterCard or VISA).

Canadian federal government employees must provide IS Reference Codes or a commitment number, department code and cost centre.

Four-day Workshop

Number of Participants

A maximum of 22 participants will be accepted. Preference will be given to Canadian citizens.

Cost**

Early-bird fee (apply prior to ):
C$700 (includes HST) for Canadian participants
C$875 for all others
Regular fee (apply by ):
C$800 (includes HST) for Canadian participants
C$1000 for all others

** Includes the workshop manual, refreshments on all days and lunches on days 2 to 4 for attendees on site.

How to Apply

To apply to attend the four-day workshop, complete the Application Form [DOC format (211 KB)] below. If you are unable to download the application form, we will be happy to assist you. Please submit your request to Enquiry Services (pch.ICCservices-CCIServices.pch@canada.ca).

Applications must be submitted by .

The selection will be based on the following criteria:

  • likelihood that participants can use the course knowledge to influence good care for Canadian collections
  • ability to share and transfer the knowledge gained during the course to a wider audience
  • professional experience and training
  • number of registrations from a single organization
  • citizenship (preference will be given to Canadians)

If the maximum number of participants is met, a waiting list will be established.

Payment

Payment for the four-day workshop will be expected upon confirmation of acceptance into the course. It must be provided in Canadian funds by credit card (American Express, MasterCard or VISA).

Canadian federal government employees must provide IS Reference Codes or a commitment number, department code and cost centre.

Additional Information

Refunds

Requests to withdraw must be submitted in writing to CCI. Refunds will be issued according to the following schedule:

  • a full refund less a $25 administrative fee for requests received at least 21 days prior to the start of the workshop
  • a full refund less a $50 administrative fee for requests received between 20 and 7 days prior to the start of the workshop
  • no refund for requests received less than 7 days prior to the start of the workshop

Exceptions to this refund policy may be made in the event of insurmountable difficulties in attending the workshop.

Cancellation

CCI reserves the right to cancel this workshop and/or livestream access if the minimum enrolment requirement is not met 30 days prior to the event. In such cases, CCI will refund the full registration fee, but will not be responsible for any transportation, housing, loss of income or other costs that may have been incurred by the participants.

Additional Information

Please contact CCI if you require additional information. If you are unable to download the application form, we will be happy to assist you. Please submit your request to Enquiry Services (pch.ICCservices-CCIServices.pch@canada.ca).

Apply now!

Download the application form [DOC format (211 KB)]. If you are unable to download the application form, we will be happy to assist you. Please submit your request to Enquiry Services (pch.ICCservices-CCIServices.pch@canada.ca).

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