Stage One of the Economic Impact research was commissioned in September 2010 from ERS Research and Consultancy. The results were published in March 2011 and the report can be downloaded on this page. The research had five core aims:
(1) to map and analyse all known economic impact studies relevant to the UK museums, libraries and archives sector
(2) to consult with sector stakeholders to determine the kind of economic impact data already being collected and the primary barriers to effective data collection
(3) to investigate other comparable toolkits and models of best practice
(4) to recommend the best methodologies and toolkit approaches for use by museum, library and archive organisations, both large and small and across all four UK nations
(5) to consider the processes and indicative costs for developing and piloting the toolkits
Over sixty economic impact studies from the UK and the States were examined as part of the research, providing a solid evidence base from which to select those methodologies best suited to museums, libraries and archives’ diverse service offer.
The research was developed collaboratively by all ALMA-UK members and jointly funded by Museums Galleries Scotland; the Scottish Library and Information Council; the Scottish Council on Archives; CyMAL: Museums Archives and Libraries Wales; the Northern Ireland Museums Council and the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland.
On the basis of Stage One findings, ALMA-UK members combined resources to commission the development and pilot of two toolkits, one tailored to meet the needs of museums and archives, and another to meet the needs of libraries.
The ALMA-UK Economic Impact Toolkit for museums and archives can be accessed here.