Archive Pace Setter scheme: Evaluation report is published

An Evaluation of the Archive Pace Setter four-year scheme has beenpublished

apss-logo-lg1The Archive Pace Setter scheme ran from 2009 to 2013. Its aim was to recognise best practice in innovation and risk-taking across all aspects of archive services, through a simple application and assessment process. The sharing of outcomes and best practice with the sector was a key priority. In all 19 organisations achieved APS status.

Oliver Morley and Caroline Williams, in a joint Foreword to the report say: ‘Despite the fact that the scheme’s life coincided with a period of unprecedented challenges for the archivists in the UK, what we saw was a flourishing of truly exciting projects from all corners of the archives sector, albeit fewer of them than we predicted at the start: ranging from international partnerships to attempts to manage digital archives effectively to managing nursery age children in a strongroom!’

The evaluation, undertaken by Cultural Consulting Network, summarises the successes, challenges and outcomes of the Scheme and makes recommendations under three  headings:  that the successes of the APS should be celebrated now that the scheme itself has closed and has been independently evaluated; that the leading edge work which the APS identified is effectively promoted to the sector to support the spread of best practice more widely; and that the archive sector finds a mechanism for rewarding and recognising innovation and risk as distinct from accrediting achievement of standards.

The Evaluation report is available here .

Read more about the 19 successful Archive Pace Setters here.


The first discussion of the APS Report and, specifically, whether the sector ‘needs a mark of excellence in innovation’ will take place at the ARA Conference in Cardiff on Thursday 29 August at 4.15 in Roath breakout area.

See the full 2013 Conference programme here.