Measuring impact

From Our Toolkit

If you are looking to embed evaluation across the whole of your organisation you may wish to move on from the basic models or measure other types of impact from your work. The method you choose to measure impact may be influenced by the project or activity you are delivering.

The logic model

The Evaluation guidance produced by the National Lottery Heritage Fund outlines the logic model of evaluation and how to implement it.

The participatory model

This Participatory evaluation article by Better Evaluation provides information on how to involve stakeholders in your evaluation process.

Measuring wellbeing

University College London has led the sector in measuring wellbeing. Their work is explained in the Museums, health and wellbeing – Methodologies for measuring impact video.

They have also produced the Museum Wellbeing Measures Toolkit which can be used to measure the levels of wellbeing which come from taking part in heritage activities.

Measuring the Social Return on Investment (SROI)

This article by NEF Consulting explains the Social Return on Investment model and how it can be used to help organisations to understand and quantify the social, environmental and economic value they are creating.

Measuring social impact

The Museums Association have produced Measuring Socially Engaged Practice: A Toolkit for Museums designed to help support museums in funding the right approach for their organisation.

Measuring economic impact

The Association of Independent Museums (AIM) have developed the Economic Value of the Independent Museum Sector Toolkit to help independent museums (and other comparable organisations) to measure the economic impact they have on their local economy.

Measuring the impact of your archive

The National Archives have produced two films supporting archives to measure their impact:

Both films have a focus on business and charity archives, but are still really relevant examples of the wider impacts that utilising archives can have for an organisation.

Browse the toolkit
Search the toolkit
Toolkit contents

A one-page list of all the sections of the Toolkit.