Cost-Benefit Advocacy Toolkit

Cost-Benefit Advocacy illustration

This toolkit is comprised of:

In addition, the toolkit describes and links to a number of pre-existing external tools and relevant studies. There is also a mapping of the other toolkit components onto the Archive Development Canvas.

The toolkit has been developed for its primary audience of staff in existing or proposed national social science archives in Europe. However we expect the toolkit may be of interest to other audiences even if it is not specifically tailored and adapted for them. The major use for the toolkit will be supporting funding and business cases but elements are likely to be relevant in advocacy to other groups or in supporting broader operational tasks.

Creative Commons licensing is intended to allow you to easily re-use locally any material from the factsheets, case studies, or worksheets in the toolkit.

The detailed description of how the toolkit was developed is reported in the D4.9 Cost-Benefit Advocacy Toolkit Deliverable Report. The development of the toolkit was led by Charles Beagrie Ltd, with support from the Slovenian Social Science Data Archive (ADP), the Finnish Social Science Data Archive (FSD), the Lithuanian Social Science Data Archive (LiDA), the University of Tartu in Estonia (UTARTU), and the UK Data Service (UKDS).

If you wish to cite or provide a link to the toolkit as a whole the DOI will resolve to this CESSDA SaW Cost-Benefit Advocacy Toolkit landing page providing an overview of the toolkit and links to all the components. The requested attribution/citation for the toolkit as a whole is:

CESSDA SaW Cost-Benefit Advocacy Toolkit, Charles Beagrie Ltd and CESSDA 2017,

Toolkit Overview



CESSDA SaW Cost-Benefit Advocacy Toolkit User Guide (Charles Beagrie Ltd)


CESSDA SaW Return on Investment Factsheet (Charles Beagrie Ltd)


CESSDA SaW Costs Factsheet (Charles Beagrie Ltd)


CESSDA SaW Benefits Factsheet (Charles Beagrie Ltd)


CESSDA SaW Case Study on the Use of the ESDS Economic Impact Study (UKDS)


CESSDA SaW Case Study on Using Benefit and Cost Tools (FSD)


CESSDA SaW Case Study on User Satisfaction Surveys (ADP)


CESSDA SaW Case Study on Toolkit Advocacy Focus Groups (LiDA)


CESSDA SaW Archive Development Canvas (Detailed Version) (Charles Beagrie Ltd)


CESSDA SaW Benefits Summary for a Data Archive (Charles Beagrie Ltd)


CESSDA SaW D4.9 Cost-benefit Advocacy Toolkit Deliverable Report (Charles Beagrie Ltd)


CESSDA SaW Cost-Benefit Advocacy Toolkit Mapped onto the Archive Development Canvas (Charles Beagrie Ltd)


CESSDA SaW Cost-Benefit Advocacy Toolkit (Charles Beagrie Ltd)



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