Economic Impacts: the toolkits

The economic impact toolkits have been developed for ALMA-UK by ERS Research and Consultancy to provide museums, archive services and public libraries with a means of assessing their economic impact or value to users, and, if required, to combine results into service-wide, regional, or country-wide impacts. They are freely available and simple to use: survey templates are provided, user guidance is supplied and all calculations are done automatically.

The Economic Value of Libraries Toolkit comprises:


The Economic Impact Toolkit for Museums and Archives comprises:

Toolkit guidance– describes how archives and museums should complete the evidence framework.

Evidence framework– an Excel template for collecting the data provided by a museum or archive which also calculates its economic impact.

Aggregator framework–this template aggregates results from more than one organisation to provide a service-wide/regional/national overview of economic impact.

Aggregator guidance– aimed at strategic agencies, regional service providers, etc., describes how to complete the aggregator framework to obtain an overview of economic impact.


The toolkits were developed following research commissioned by ALMA-UK as a collaborative project between its members. Click here to read the research reports.


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