Creative Spaces Impact Framework
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The Creative Spaces Impact Framework helps libraries to plan and evaluate creative activities. These activities:
- may be organised by the library
- may be informally initiated by library clients
- may involve a combination of both approaches.
The framework provides a range of positive impacts for you to assess the outcomes of your library initiatives.
Using the framework
The components of the Creative Spaces Impact Framework are geared towards demonstrating the value of libraries as creative spaces. Download the user guide (PDF 350 KB) for the Creative Spaces Impact Framework.
Figure 1 and 2 - Summary of the Creative Spaces Impact Framework.
The framework can be used to:
Identify and generate creative activity by:
- thinking through what a creative activity might be
- reconsidering activities currently offered to communities (including those not necessarily thought of as ‘creative’)
- prompting new activities by considering a broader range of creative objectives and outcomes
- preparing for and delivering creative activities to deliver maximum impact.
Identify objectives and outcomes for creative activity by:
- using the framework to develop objectives and outcomes for creative activity
- articulating the creative impact of an initiative as it is developed, enacted and reported
- securing support and resources (e.g. for grant applications)
- evaluating activities and planning improvements.
Align creative activity with community needs by:
- building creative library programs that represent the needs of the communities
- connecting with broader discussions and data about (and help to identify) community needs
- using the framework to identify the kinds of activity that might aid a community with very specific needs
- researching other programs in other areas that have used the framework.
Monitor trends and strategic planning by:
- gathering longitudinal and comparative qualitative and quantitative data regarding the impact of libraries as creative spaces
- helping demonstrate their value as creative spaces
- assisting in decision making regarding how resources are allocated.
Guide exit surveys by:
- guiding questions for an exit survey of library clients
- assessing whether they have been involved in creative activity or practice (ranging from formal activity or book borrowing about creative works)
- drawing comparisons over time and across library services by using common framework questions
- building an overall picture of the impact of libraries as creative spaces