ARMS Online Self-evaluation Tool

The ARMS framework is a flexible management tool that can provide you with the support necessary to focus on key outcomes and performance indicators right across the full range of archives and records management services.

It is a flexible tool as the user is free to choose the service area (or areas) of most immediate importance to the organisation.

ARMS is not meant to be a static tool. It is a self-improvement tool that aims to self-improve. The experience of users and the insights of others coming into contact with it will be harnessed in that process.

To find out more about the ARMS online tool and how to register watch the video tour.


Please submit any non-technical queries via the 'Feedback' section under 'Help'.



Claire Ford (Chief Executive of Quality Scotland): 'The ARMS toolkit provides those organisations involved in archives and records management services with an online quality framework to suit their specific needs.  It is a consistent, well-structured approach to continuous improvement which enables organisations to carry out a robust method of self-assessment for their on-going journey to excellence.' Rosemary Agnew (Scottish Information Commissioner): 'ARMS online is a significant development for archives and records management practice in Scotland. Using it will inform organisations about the business value of good records management and help them develop good, effective practices.' 'It's important that public authorities use the most up to date records management advice and toolkits, and I have made this clear in my statutory guidance under the Public Records (Scotland) Act 2011.  The ARMS Framework document is an excellent example of such advice, and using it will help public authorities to fulfil their obligations under that Act.' Tim Ellis, Keeper of the Records of Scotland Irene O'Brien (Chair of the Scottish Council on Archives): 'The SCA wanted a tool to meet Scottish archives and records management needs. ARMS is a quality improvement framework delivering precisely that.'

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