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Digital Benchmarking tool from Collections Trust

The Collections Trust has developed a free Excel-based Digital Benchmarking Tool for museums, galleries and related arts and cultural organisations.  Building on projects like the EU-funded ENUMERATE, and the Let's Get Real research from Culture24, their aim is to provide you with a simple self assessment tool to step back, look at where you are in your use of technology, and think about the areas that you need to prioritise. 

The benchmarking tool they have developed is based on the structure of the Benchmarks in Collections Care tool which was updated with the support of the Arts Council England last year.  It takes 8 core competencies - areas in which digital is likely to impact on your organisation, and then provides a series of range-statements enabling you to map your development from 'we don't do that' to 'digital, creative media and engagement are fully integrated across every aspect of what we do'. 

The updated version of the free Digital Benchmarks tool is now available for download from the Collections Link website. This has been updated following consultation with the sector and will continue to review it and gather responses in the coming months, with the aim to producing an updated version roughly once a year. 

All feedback on the tool should be sent to nick@collectionstrust.org.uk. They would also love to see your results!  Once you have filled in the spreadsheet, email Nick and they will anonymise them and feed them into their national overview dataset to help improve the tool in future.