Assessing the impact of science centres in England

We are delighted to share with you ASDC’s latest report commissioned by BIS entitled Assessing the impact of UK science and discovery centres: Towards a set of common indicators.

The report explores impact measures in use across the UK and further afield and makes recommendations based on this research. It also offers three 'impact cards' for science engagement professionals to use with their school students, teachers and leisure visitors. While we have consulted widely in the preparation of this report, we would consider this to be the start of a wider consultation process amongst the many thousands of engagement professionals in the UK's science and discovery centres and museums.


Below is the Government-commissioned report into the impact of UK Science and Discovery Centres, published in July 2009.

This Independent research was commissioned by The Science and Society team within The Department for Business Innovation and Skills (BIS, formerly DIUS) following The Select Committee debate on the 15th May 2008. The research was undertaken by Frontier Economics

This research began with a comprehensive survey sent to all UK science and Discovery Centres. The results were analysed by Frontier Economics in combination with more in-depth case studies of five English centres; The Eden Project, Explore-at-Bristol, Intech, Catalyst and Thinktank.

The report and response on the BIS website

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