Review of research into the social impact of museums, libraries and archives showing there were three major weaknesses in the evidence base in 2005. These were: a lack of substantial longitudinal, comparative data on social impact; absence of an agreed model for describing social impact; comparative lack of research into social impact related to cultural diversity and health/mental health. Report makes recommendations to address these findings.

Museums, Libraries and Archives (MLA), Burns Owen Partnership (BOP)
Publisher / client:
Museums, Libraries and Archives
September 2005
Economic impact evaluation and economic development strategy