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Supporting the Development of MLA’s Sustainability Vision: Economic Impact Methodologies and Capacity of the Sector
- Summary of Main Findings

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Javier Stanziola


Intended purpose and/or audience:

The MLA Council and MLA South East (MLA) commissioned (MLA) Jura Consultants to provide guidance on how the museums & galleries, libraries and archives (mla) sector can effectively demonstrate the economic contribution it creates. The study took place between Autumn 2007 and Spring 2008.

This briefing summarises key findings from this study. Consultants considered the following questions:

• Can effective economic impact appraisals be undertaken within the mla sector and do they provide robust assessments of impact?
• Should the sector focus on demonstrating the value it provides in economic or financial terms?
• Can the sector construct compelling arguments based on economic rationale that are powerful for the purpose of communication strategies?
• Should the sector focus on non-economic arguments to demonstrate its value and impact to strategic stakeholders?

A comprehensive literature review was undertaken covering studies commissioned by museums, libraries and archives, articles by industry commentators and studies undertaken for other sectors which provide non-priced goods, such as the environment. Key stakeholders were consulted on their views and recommendations.



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Javier Stanziola



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Social outcomes

Learning & skills
Economic Impact