About a year ago, Europeana released a wonderful resource called the Impact Playbook. It’s a tool for cultural heritage organizations to think critically about the impact they have on their communities – how programming, collections research, and outreach changes people’s lives.

You can get a copy of the Impact Playbook by filling out a form. They also have forms and templates for some of the assessment activities you’ll want to carry out as a result of reading the Playbook.

Recently, they’ve also started adding case studies, showing the different ways heritage institutions are using the Impact Playbook in their work. Two in particular relate to digitized cultural heritage – one about a crowdsourcing project, and another about using digitized books in the classroom.

We love this resource and can’t wait for some of our VITA partners to use it while measuring the ways they’ve impacted their communities.