Other Resources

There are a wide variety of other resources available for understanding impact. Jisc have a page dedicated to measuring the impact of digital resources, which includes not only TIDSR, but many other useful sources:



Impact Measurement

There have also been a number of projects and reports in recent years dedicated to understanding how to measure impact online. Some key resources are listed below.


Balanced Value Impact Model

Simon Tanner of King's College London created the Balanced Value Impact Model, which "is intended to aid the thinking and decision making of those wishing to engage in Impact Assessment. It also acts as a guide through the process of Impact Assessment to enable the core values most appropriate to the assessment to be brought to the fore and given a balanced consideration when evaluating outcomes. It presumes that the assessment will be measuring change within an ecosystem for a digital resource" (Tanner 2012, p. 4).


The TIDSR toolkit "was used extensively to populate the list of methods in Appendix D" (Tanner 2012, p. 54) of the report, and the Tanner model should be seen as essential reading to put the TIDSR resource in context.


Let's Get Real

Culture24 involved 17 cultural venues, five agencies and a university to gather evidence for the report Let's Get Real. The report focuses on how to evaluate success online, and "provides an insight into the way cultural organisations should go about trying to measure the success of their business online and challenges the assumption that simply counting total visitor numbers or ‘likes’ really tells us anything meaningful at all." (Culture24, 2011).


The report and other materials available at the link above focus on "tools such as Google Analytics, Hitwise, Klout and Twitterific and looks at the social media platforms of Facebook, Twitter and YouTube."



The DESCRIBE (Definitions, Evidence and Structures to Capture Research Impact and Benefits) project is particularly geared to understanding how to measure and demonstrate the impact of research.



The Audience Analysis Toolkit

The Strategic Content Alliance (SCA) commissioned Curtis and Cartwright to develop an Audience Analysis Toolkit for public sector bodies. The Audience Analysis Toolkit is available to download as pdf files at the following link:


The SCA (http://sca.jiscinvolve.org/) is a partnership between JISC, Arts Council England, the British Library, the BBC, Heritage Lottery Fund and the Wellcome Library committed to delivering a co-ordinated framework of principles and best practice for the provision of online e-content for UK citizens.  Its aim is to build a common information environment where users of publicly funded e-content can gain best value from the investment that has been made by reducing the barriers that currently inhibit access, use and re-use of e-content.


ALMAUK Economic Impacts

The Archives Libraries & Museums Alliace UK (ALMAUK) commissioned work in 2011 and 2012 to create tools and methods for documenting the specifically economic impacts of cultural organizations. The ALMA Economic Impact Toolkit aims "to provide museums, libraries and archives with user-friendly toolkits, to help them create transparent, locally-relevant impact reports capable of withstanding economists’ scrutiny". The toolkit is available from:



Digital Methods

There are also several useful sites for those interested more generally in engaging with digital methods of the type outlined on this site.

Analysing Social Media Collaboration: http://www.analysingsocialmedia.org/

Digital Methods Initiative: https://www.digitalmethods.net/Digitalmethods/WebHome

ESRC National Centre for Research Methods (NCRM): http://www.ncrm.ac.uk/

iScience Server: http://www.iscience.eu/