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Commission of Literature Review: evidence of impact of museums in the fields of education and employability

Commission of Literature Review: evidence of impact of museums in the fields of education and employability

We invite tenders for a literature review of existing multidisciplinary evidence of the impact of museums in the fields of education and employability.

Deadline: Monday, 20 January 2020 at 9am

Deadline for clarification questions: 13 January 2020

Museums Galleries Scotland (MGS) is the National Development Body for museums and galleries in Scotland and advocates for the public value and contribution of museums and galleries to society. We invite tenders for a literature review of existing multidisciplinary evidence of the impact of museums in the fields of education and employability.

Research in a range of academic fields, including museology, psychology, education, and preventative health have uncovered strong evidence for the demonstratable social impact of museums for society and individuals. For example, recent research has indicated that regular museum attendance (once every three months or more) is associated with a lower risk of dementia, Alzheimer’s, and other illnesses that result in progressive loss of brain function. In ‘Cultural engagement and cognitive reserve: museum attendance and dementia incidence over a 10-year period’, Fancourt et al utilised data from the English Longitudinal Study of Aging to demonstrate that for adults aged 50 and older, visiting museums was associated with a lower incidence rate of dementia over a 10-year follow-up period. The findings from the study were valid across all demographics, such as socioeconomic status and health-related variables, and indicate that visiting museums supports in the prevention of dementia.

MGS has reviewed some of the literature that indicates the impact of museums and now seeks professional support to provide an overview of specific studies within the fields of education and employability. MGS is seeking high-level statements that demonstrate the clear impact of museums within these fields, which need not be limited to a specific museum or the Scottish sector.

Information shared through this research is intended to inform MGS’s work, on behalf of the Scottish museums and galleries sector, in developing a nationwide approach to measuring and articulating the social impact of museums. All literature reviewed should be drawn from peer-reviewed evidence that uses rigorous research standards and substantial sampling.

Product Requirements

The literature review should include the following elements:

  1. An overview/introduction of the literature in the field;
  2. References to a range of studies overviewing the impact of museums;
  3. Short synopses of specific relevant studies that evidence direct areas of impact.

The literature review should be presented as a clearly-written document, free of jargon, and accessible for a professional audience.

This is a time-limited project, reviewing existing literature. As such, it is expected that this project will be run in one stage of desk research. No consultation or primary research is required.

Please download the tender brief below for full information and  timescales. 

education-employability-impact-research-tender (PDF, 180KB)
Published 13 November 2019
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