Participating in the Best Practice Award

Projects submitted for the 2020 Best Practice Award will have to be represented at the 2021 session in order to be considered.


This prize was initially organized for these reasons :

  • Establish a common language among CECA members worldwide so that it is easier for them to share their experiences;
  • Initiate a grassroots movement, at the international level, thus encouraging broad conversations around the document in order to gradually improve it;
  • To promote the comparison of programs organized all over the world, so that CECA members can more easily integrate exogenous ideas into their own work;
  • Discuss, during the annual conference, programs designed and implemented according to the common principles established by the Best Practice document.
  • Disseminate the programs presented by CECA members throughout the museum community in such a way that they can inspire all professionals in the field.

This year 2021, the top five programs will again receive this award, based on the criteria presented below. The winners will be offered the opportunity to participate in the annual CECA Conference in 2021 (Leuven, Belgium, October 25/29 2021). Their registration fees and a contribution of 400.00 euros for their accommodation will be covered by CECA. (Please note that transport costs will not be covered). As in previous editions, these five programs will be published. But there will also be other high-quality programs presented that can be included in “Best Practice 9, A tool to improve museum education internationally”.



Response to the Best Practice document

Max. 100

Program design and planning (max 60)
In particular, the following:
Objectives (max 10), relevance criteria (max 20), resources (max 5), collaborations (max 5), materials (max 10) and mediation methods (max 10).

CImplementation of the program(max 20),specifically:
The preparation (max 10), the implementation (max 10)..

Studies, evaluation and remediation of the program (max 20) including in particular: accompanying studies (max 5), outcome evaluation studies (max 10) and remediation prospects (max 5). 




Marie-Clarté O’Neill
President ICOM – CECA

Award Guideline : English /
Award Application Form : English /

“Guide to participating in the prize”

The prize is intended exclusively for members of CECA (with the exception of members Board) and represents an additional advantage to membership of the Committee. To confirm their membership of the CECA, either in their personal capacity or through their institution (ICOM/CECA institutional member), each candidate must attach to their application:

  • A digital photocopy of their ICOM card with the 2021 sticker
  • The digitized receipt of the payment of his rights

To participate, members must complete an application form in accordance with the application procedures. The form must be completed electronically and sent exclusively to Cinzia Angelini Secretary of the Best Practice Award: cinzia.angelini(at) later, May 21 2021.

Late applications will not be accepted, nor will applications that do not meet the criteria described above.

An international jury, chaired by Marie-Clarté O’Neill, President of CECA and composed of winners of the Best Practice Award and renowned specialists in the field of museum education and cultural action, will review and evaluate the projects submitted. All projects will be subject to a double evaluation. The following table presents the entire calendar:

Sending of the application form by members

No later, May 15, 2021.

The international jury meets on line and evaluates the programs

4-5 June 2021

The international jury publishes the result of the competition

8 June 2021

The selected members send the articles

8 July 2021


Candidates for the 2020 Best Practice Award, whether or not they are winners of the award, will have the opportunity to register for workshops to support the development of applied research (accompanying research or evaluation research) proposed since this year during the annual conference (Leuven, Belgium, October 25/29 2021).

This ninth edition of the CECA Best Practice Award has been improved by taking into account the suggestions of previous juries. I hope that many of you will apply and that, as in previous years, we will receive a large number of applications within the deadline.
Thank you for your attention to this message and good luck!

Marie-Clarté O’Neill
President ICOM – CECA