5. Reporting your impact

Archive services need to be able to clearly demonstrate the contribution they make to better outcomes for individuals, communities and places. Developing an outcomes framework can help you make the case for continued investment of public money, develop persuasive funding bids and engage with a wider range of stakeholders than you may currently work with.

Outcomes framework

This presentation will introduce the measuring outcomes guidance and explain how creating an outcomes triangle, logic model, evidence list and performance indicators can help your organisation.

You can also find out more and follow the detailed step-by-step process in this guide to developing an outcomes framework for archives.

There’s a range of templates available to help you organise your approach:

  • Outcomes Triangle template
  • Logic Model template
  • Template for recording evidence sources that underpin your outcomes framework
  • Performance indicator template

Benchmarking and Evaluation

Identifying appropriate benchmarks is important, because it will provide you with a bedrock of evidence on which you can build arguments to advocate for your archive service.

Having a robust evaluation process in place will help demonstrate to funders and partners  what happened as a result of your work.

This presentation will:

  • Introduce the concept of benchmarking, cover the data that is available and how it can be used
  • Prompt you to consider the most relevant metrics for your locality/purpose
  • Provide an overview of evaluation methodologies