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Consultation for Use of Program Design Logic Models
OP&A is offering a one-hour free consultation on the use of logic models in program design every Tuesday morning at 10:00am on a first-come, first-served basis. Contact Deborah Earl to schedule a session.
The Office of Policy and Analysis (OP&A) is the Smithsonian Institution's (SI) internal unit for research, planning, performance measurement, policy analysis, evaluation, and consultation relating to management, operations, programs, and services of the central administration, units, and offices. OP&A affords all Smithsonian units and offices a cost-effective opportunity to pursue studies that they would otherwise have to forgo for lack of funds. This in-house resource is critically important to units at this time of increasingly tight resources.
OP&A has established a reputation for high quality, innovative, and results-oriented research, evaluation, and problem solving that has earned it credibility and trust with clients. Operating as an impartial analytic entity, OP&A offers important advantages for the Smithsonian:
Through its products and services, OP&A contributes to better products and services for our clients and, in turn, for their audiences, including:
Education in museum management and operations and in research for
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OP&A's services are available to all units of the Smithsonian, including central management, museum directors, and project managers. OP&A serves the Secretary, Deputy Secretary, Under Secretaries and other central senior managers through Institution-wide studies, annual program performance reports, strategic planning, and performance measurement. OP&A also serves museum directors, senior managers of units and offices, program managers and professional Smithsonian staff, the Board of Regents, SI and unit advisory boards, Congress, OMB, federal agencies, and other U.S. and international museums.
Through consultations with its clients and partners, OP&A develops individualized work plans that are suitable to the size and scope of each client's projects.
Through our website and face to face communications, museum professionals, SI employees, SI visitors, and the public add to OP&A's understanding of research, individual and group behaviors, and issues. They are also indirect beneficiaries of OP&A's work. Changes in organizational processes and practices, more shared interests, greater sharing of information, enhanced visitors satisfaction cost reductions, organizational design modifications, revitalization of leadership, and creativity and innovation are some of the positive results reported by beneficiaries.