Inspiring Impact is a UK-wide collaborative programme, working with the charity sector to help organisations know what to measure and how to measure.
Five Ways to Wellbeing
This document, produced by the New Economics Foundation (NEF) on behalf of Foresight, sets out 5 actions to improve personal wellbeing: connect; be active; take notice; keep learning; give.
Creative & Credible: How to evaluate arts and health projects
Creative & Credible supports arts and health organisations and practitioners to: engage with evaluation creatively; improve your practice; make well-informed spending decisions; strengthen the evidence base around the benefits and impacts of arts and health projects. Creative & Credible was created by Willis Newson and The University of the West of England, with funding from ESRC.
Arts for health and wellbeing: an evaluation framework
This document from Public Health England provides effective ways to document and evaluate arts projects and programmes that seek to improve health and wellbeing.
Museums for Health and Wellbeing: A Preliminary Report from the National Alliance for Museums, Health and Wellbeing
Museums for Health and Wellbeing: A Preliminary Report from the National Alliance for Museums, Health and Wellbeing. This report describes the wealth of activity around health, wellbeing and social care that museums and galleries are already offering across the UK. In order to understand this emerging field of practice, a scoping exercise was undertaken by the Alliance between September 2015 – February 2016 to map health and wellbeing activity across the UK museum sector. Due to the magnitude of current work and the speed of growth, the results presented in this report represent the tip of the iceberg of work in this field. The results of this research are available on the Alliance website which contains over 200 resources and a searchable database.
Mind, body, spirit: How Museums Impact Health and Wellbeing
This publication reports the findings from a year-long action research project funded by Arts Council England and initiated by the Research Centre for Museums and Galleries based in the School of Museum Studies at the University of Leicester. It sets out to show how museums are well placed to respond to changes in public health, using their collections to improve the health and wellbeing of individuals, to counter health inequalities within communities, and contribute positively to the goals of public health bodies.
International Peer Learning and Review Toolkit: Template and Guidance
This toolkit, comprising guidance and templates, has been produced to help museums to participate in effective peer reviews. The toolkit was developed by the Mary Rose Trust as part of 2015 project funded by the South East Museum Development Programme with the participation of WIRP (Working Internationally Regional Project). The project aimed to establish, test and disseminate a collaborative peer-to-peer model of support between international museum partners, through supporting, evaluating and disseminating learning from the Mary Rose Trust’s partnership with the Vasa Museum in Stockholm, Sweden.
Video: Mary Rose Museum/Vasa Museum Peer Review Trip April 2015
This video diary was produced by the Mary Rose Trust as part of 2015 project funded by the South East Museum Development Programme with the participation of WIRP (Working Internationally Regional Project). The project aimed to establish, test and disseminate a collaborative peer-to-peer model of support between international museum partners, through supporting, evaluating and disseminating learning from the Mary Rose Trust’s partnership with the Vasa Museum in Stockholm, Sweden.
Materials from Visitor Services in Military Museums seminar hosted by the HMMN, November 2015
One of the bi-annual meetings of the Hampshire Military Museums Network held on 12 November 2015 at the Museum of Army Flying in Middle Wallop. The Hampshire Military Museums Network is a peer network supported by the South East Museum Development Programme.
Materials from 'Peer Development Groups' launch September 2015
An opportunity for each of the three peer development groups to meet, discuss and develop their group's programme and plans for spending their allocated budget, as well as training in action planning and using coaching conversations as peer support.
Materials from 'Getting to Grips with Audience Data'
Seminar held at National Motor Museum, Beaulieu on 8 July 2015. Participants learned from case studies showing how museums around the subregion have gathered, analysed, interpreted and used user and non-user data to improve what they do and grow their visitor numbers; shared their own museum's good practice; worked on shared audience data challenges with colleagues from other museums and experts from the Audience Agency, Association of Independent Museums and Museum Development South West.
Materials from 'Improve your Museum, Save Time and Money with Lean Systems Thinking'
Workshop held at Milestones Museum, Basingstoke on 2 March 2015. Participants learned how to improve the way they do things through an interactive and entertaining day led by practitioner Debbie Brown. They learned key skills in Process Improvement and how Lean Systems Thinking can help a museum to run more smoothly, with customers who are happier and staff and volunteers who are more motivated.
Partnerships for Learning: A Guide to Evaluating Arts Education Projects
Partnerships for Learning: A Guide to Evaluating Arts Education Projects. Developed by Felicity Wolf and published by Arts Council England. One of the resources collated and shared by the Hampshire Solent 'Audience Development' Peer Development Group.
AIM Advocacy Toolkit
This new AIM Advocacy Toolkit, supported by Arts Council England, comprises an impact evaluation/assessment framework, which has been tested using evidence from a small number of AIM member museums. The toolkit has been designed to help you measure your own social and environmental impacts and it includes a blank template for your own use.
Toolkit: How to Conduct a Focus Group
This toolkit has been provided to assist people in conducting focus groups. It was developed for a particular research project at Rowan University in the US but is packed with useful guidance that is more widely applicable including how to plan for and conduct focus groups, how to handle difficult situations, and guidelines for effective facilitation and note taking.
Audience Research Unit at the Australian Museum
Loads of useful guidance and tools developed by the Audience Research Unit at the Australian Museum. Areas covered include: visitor behaviour, evaluation, research techniques, tips for writing texts and labels and much more.
AIM Visitor Verdict
A free visitor experience benchmarking service for AIM members to improve resilience. Provided by AIM in association with its survey partner BDRC Continental with funding from Arts Council England. Especially designed for museums. Results for your museum are anonymously benchmarked against similar museums. Designed to be sustainable at low cost after Sept 2015.
Infographics Toolkit - Re:Fresh Project
This fantastic and easy to use toolkit will help you to produce high quality infographics. This is a simple way of getting your point across and persuading staff, volunteers and trustees of the benefits of improving your displays and visitor experience (and they're great for interpretation too!).
Developing an Audience Research Approach
Useful blog post by Jessica Suess, Partnership Officer, Oxford University Museums, on the Oxford Aspite website, sharing their experience of starting from scratch with a new audience evaluation system. The blog explores the different research methods used and how they ensure that activity takes place that specifically responds to audience research.
Data Protection Advice and Guidance for Charities from Information Commissioner’s Office
Are you collecting personal data for marketing, research or fundraising purposes? The ICO website has loads of advice and resources to help you ensure that your museum meets its responsibilities to look after the information you hold properly.
SWFed resources on audience research, consultation and evaluation
Loads of useful guidance and tools developed or collated by the South Western Federation of Museums and Art Galleries.
Evaluation Planning Toolkit
Evaluation is a way to help you understand and show others whether your work has met or exceeded your expectations. Evaluation planning should be built in at the beginning of your project planning. This toolkit published by Essex Museum Development and prepared for them in 2015 by Pippa Smith of Handling the Past, provides guidance and templates to help museums to evaluate their projects effectively.