The U.S. Culture Collections Network (USCCN)
In this webinar, we presented the main findings and recommendations of the report “Economic Analyses of Federal Scientific Collections: Methods for Documenting Costs and Benefits” published in December 2020 by the Smithsonian Institution Scholarly Press.
The report, a joint effort of 15 federal departments and agencies led by the Smithsonian and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), provides illustrative examples of the many ways federal scientific collections serve the nation, from vaccine development to earthquake preparedness.
While the report focuses on federal collections, it also serves as a guide for other museums, universities, research institutions and industries. The publication offers evidence-based methods for measuring the benefits of scientific collections against the costs of maintaining them.