Mapping of Museum Data in England

Arts Council England has commissioned DC Research to carry out a Scoping Study entitled ‘Mapping of Museum Data in England’.

The scoping study aims to increase Arts Council England’s understanding of the current data collection practice in the museum sector.  The research includes both the mapping of existing data collection, as well as identifying issues with data collection and making recommendations for future data collection and indicators.

The three main aims of the study are to:

  • Understand what data is currently collected.
  • Understand issues and perspectives on the data.
  • Identify examples of good practice.

The study involves a range of one-to-one consultations and group discussions with key museum sector stakeholders as well as a survey of museums.  The results and recommendations from the study will be used to help inform a future project focussing on indicators of resilience within the museum sector, the light touch review of the Accreditation Scheme for Museums and Galleries in the UK and the Museum Development programme for 2018-22.

For further information, please contact Dr Stephen Connolly.

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A founding Director of DC Research, Stephen has more than eighteen years research experience achieved through a combination of roles in both academic research and private sector research and consultancy. Stephen is a Member of the Institute of Economic Development, and a Member of the UK Evaluation Society. He was awarded his PhD entitled "An analysis of the UK National Lottery: estimating additionality for local government" in 2004.

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