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Research and data collection

Research and data collection is a priority area for MLA North West. We are committed to building evidence about the impact that museums, libraries and archives have in the North West and ensuring that strategic planning is influenced by informed research.

MLA North West is working with our partners in Culture Northwest to develop a regional cultural observatory, which would enable an integrated approach to data collation and intelligence provision in the North West.

We are currently working on a regional data position statement which will identify and evaluate existing quantitative and qualitative data relating to museums, libraries and archives in the North West.

For information on our projects and initiatives related to research and data collection, please see the links below:

Regional data position statement
To enable MLA North West to provide strategic leadership, advocacy and support for the region, a complete and reliable range of information and data needs to be gathered to demonstrate the sector’s strengths and successes and identify gaps in provision and areas where improvements need to be made.
Community profiling
In May 2002 Regeneris were commissioned to undertake a community profiling exercise which would help MLA North West to work more strategically and to help museums, libraries and archives in the North West identify the needs of their local communities.
Pilot Economic Impact Study
MLA North West is working in partnership with Bolton Metropolitan Borough Council to undertake a detailed assessment of the economic impact and value of the local authority run museums, libraries and archives within Bolton
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Related Links:

North West regional Intelligence Unit 

Regional Cultural Observatory - Culture Northwest 

Please contact:

Jon Finch, Head of Policy and Development
T 01925 625061
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Stockton Heath Library Bolton Museums and Art Gallery
Stockton Heath Library

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