June 18, 2021
Working with the Utah Division of Arts & Museums, Carter County Museum will study the social impact it has on the community and assist in refining a social impact tool for the museum field.
Thanks to a National Leadership Grant from the Institute of Museums and Library Services (IMLS), the Utah Division of Arts & Museums, in partnership with Thanksgiving Point, had the opportunity to select museums across the country for the Measurement of Museum Social Impact (MOMSI) project. After a competitive application and review process, Carter County Museum was one of 38 museums selected for the study.
Social impact is the effect of an activity on the social fabric of a community and the well-being of those who live there. This study will measure social impact through strengthened relationships, health and well-being, continued education and engagement and intercultural competency.
Working with the MOMSI team in Utah, CCM will recruit and survey visitors from the local community. The data collected will inform Carter County Museum on its social impact and will provide validated data about the museum field generally.
“The MOMSI project represents an opportunity for us to better serve our local and visiting community as well as inform the national understanding of museums and social well-being by providing participation from a rural institution,” said Carter County Museum Executive Director Sabre Moore.