Assessing the Affective Impact of Community Archives: A Toolkit

All community-based archivists have stories that demonstrate the importance of their work to the communities they serve. Yet these stories of impact can be difficult to systemically track and use for the organization’s benefit. This toolkit provides community archives with the tools to collect, analyze, and leverage stories about the emotional or affective impact of their organizations on the communities they serve and represent. By systematically interviewing stakeholders to find out how community archives are life-changing, organizations can collect useful data that can help articulate their value to potential funders and make stronger cases for support, ultimately leading to increased budgets and capacity.