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Joint Strategic Needs Assessment

The Royal Society for Public Health (www.rsph.org.uk) has been working with the NHS Confederation and Local Government Improvement and Development to develop a new step by step briefing on the Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA) framework so that all the parties involved in the new Health and Wellbeing Boards will have a common understanding on how to identify their community needs.

Free benchmarking against Arts Council England criteria

Primarily aimed at RFO’s, MyCake have announced a new benchmark survey which will allow organisations to compare their annual submission responses anonymously and confidentially against their peers (for example by sector, by region, by size of organisation).  The survey is designed to help organisations identify their strengths and weaknesses to bolster their arguments to funders and strengthen future applications.

MyCake are currently offering a free 12 month subscription to the service, which is a shortened version of their existing Culture Benchmark (paid for) service.

New resources from the Reader Organisation

Reports and videos from the recent 'Reading for Wellbeing Conference' are now available to download and view online and a new research report; The Therapeutic Benefits of Reading in Relation to Depression has also been published.



New paper on the small-scale visual arts sector in the UK

A new research paper on the economy and value of the small-scale visual arts sector in the UK has been published.

Size Matters: Notes towards a Better Understanding of the Value, Operation and Potential of Small Visual Arts Organisations is written by Sarah Thelwall, commissioned by Common Practice, London with support from Arts Council England.

Transforming cultural services - London Councils publishes new web resource

London Councils has published a new web resource to help boroughs in delivering cultural services.

Information now available online includes research, advice and guidance on transforming cultural services in difficult financial times.

Click here for more information



CASE Local Culture and Heritage Profiles

The CASE Local Culture & Heritage Profile Tool provides a range of data that can be used in local cultural and heritage-related policy-making. The data comprises:

  * Local Area Profile - Data connected to the demographic nature and physical geography of the area

  * Economic Performance - Data on local culture and heritage business stock, new business activity, employment and financial performance

  * Attendance & Participation - Statistics on the attendance and participation of adults at cultural activities

‘Something Brilliant’

A new online resource for artists and support workers who work with vulnerable groups, from Thames Valley Partnership.  It contains ideas on running practical sessions with young people and vulnerable groups, along with suggestions for evaluation and feedback, a section on resources and useful websites and documents, some case studies and photographs of past projects.

w: www.thamesvalleypartnership.org.uk


How Audiences and Visitors are Transformed by Cultural Experiences in Liverpool

This report discusses the range of findings with respect to audiences’ ‘readiness to receive’ the art and the six constructs of intrinsic impact.

In this collaborative pilot study, eight arts and cultural organisations in Liverpool (acting together as the Liverpool Arts Regeneration Consortium, or LARC) surveyed audiences and visitors about the impacts of their experiences over the 2009-10.

w: www.larc.uk.com/2011/06/innovative-intrinsic-impacts-study-released/

Youth Arts Transforms Lives

Artswork, the national youth arts development agency in England, has produced a new publication – ‘Youth Arts Transforms Lives’ to illustrate the impact of participation in the arts and culture with, for and by young people.

w: http://artswork.org.uk/campaign-2011.

New participatory artists’ network

Navigator, a new initiative to support artists working in participatory settings, has been awarded a grant of £181,500 across the next three years from Paul Hamlyn Foundation ArtWorks programme. The grant is for networking knowledge about national occupational standards, codes of conduct, research, professional development and routes to professional practice across art forms.


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