Economic Impacts


Cultural organisations are under increasing pressure to supply robust evidence to demonstrate their contribution to the economy and public life, in order to ward off budget cuts and attract external funding. To this end, ALMA-UK commissioned research leading to the development of user-friendly toolkits, to help archives, museums and libraries create transparent, locally-relevant impact reports capable of withstanding economists’ scrutiny.


Recently published:

The new Economic Value Toolkit for Library Services, joining our already established Economic Impact Toolkit for museums and archives,


The Report on the Economic Value of Libraries, based on research carried out during 2013 in Northern Ireland Scotland and Wales, and following on from the Economic Impacts Research Report of 2010.

Both resources are available thanks to funding from the Welsh Government, the Department of Culture and Leisure Northern Ireland, and the Scottish Library and Information Council.

The toolkit and report are available in English and in Welsh translation.

Our toolkits              Our research

Click here for the Welsh language version of the report on the Economic Value of Libraries