The Association of Independent Museums (AIM) has appointed DC Research to research the expansion of the successful and much-used AIM Economic Impact Toolkit (produced by DC Research in 2010, and updated in 2014) into social and environmental questions, while remaining true to the AIM tradition of evidence-led research and policy making. This work, supported by Arts Council England, will review recent thinking and approaches to measuring social and environmental impact in museums, develop a social and environmental impact evaluation/assessment framework, and pilot/test this framework with a small number of AIM member museums ahead of producing a report and toolkit that will complement the Economic Impact Toolkit.
As part of this, DC Research is keen to be made aware of any reports, papers and other material that AIM members have produced giving evidence of how independent museums create social and environmental impacts. This might include evidence you have prepared for funders and wider advocacy audiences, research you have participated in, case studies, or research or articles you have found helpful and that DC Research should be made aware of. Please share anything you think is relevant and helpful with Jonathan Durnin at firstname.lastname@example.org, tel 0116 259 2390.