Office for Civil Society and Big Lottery Fund survey of online services - deadline 20 January

The Office for Civil Society (OCS) in the Cabinet Office and the Big Lottery Fund (BIG) are running a joint survey to seek views on how the web is used by civil society organisations to access advice and support, funding information and networking opportunities.

Measuring National wellbeing consultation – deadline 23 January

The Office of National Statistics (ONS) is developing new measures of national wellbeing.

The aim is that these new measures will cover the quality of life of people in the UK, environmental and sustainability issues, as well as the economic performance of the country.

“Developing better measures of wellbeing is a long term programme and ONS are committed to sharing ideas and proposals widely to ensure that the measures are relevant and founded on what matters to people.”

The National Endowment for the Arts Announces a New Federal Interagency Task Force to Promote Research on the Arts and Human Development (USA)

The NEA is leading a new task force of 13 federal agencies and departments to encourage more and better research on how the arts help people reach their full potential at all stages of life. 

Eight projects selected to receive Digital R&D funding

Eight projects that will harness digital technologies for the benefit of the arts and cultural sector have been selected to receive funding from the Digital R&D Fund for Arts and Culture, run by Arts Council England, the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and NESTA.

Following the launch of the £500,000 fund in early June, 495 projects applied for a total of £28.5 million worth of funding. 18 projects were shortlisted and interviewed before eight were selected to receive funding. The successful organisations are:

Measuring what matters

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has published the National Statistician’s report on plans to measure national wellbeing. As part of the programme, ONS set up a national debate to gather views on what matters to people and what influences their wellbeing. The debate attracted over 34,000 responses and highlighted the key areas that matter most to people.

Research into benefits of dance for Parkinson's

English National Ballet and Roehampton University have announced the commissioning of research into the benefits of dance for people with Parkinson’s disease. ‘Dance for Parkinson’s’ was a 12 week project, funded by City of Westminster, which attracted 24 people with Parkinson’s, their family members and carers. Each week the group met for a dance class inspired by Rudolph Nureyev’s ‘Romeo & Juliet’.

Rotherham MBC (Arts & Health) launches arts and mental health action research project

Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council, in partnership with the Rotherham, Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation Trust is launching a research initiative into the impact of an arts project which is currently being run within a secure mental health unit and on a mental health ward.

New Survey to map the impact of cuts in London – deadline 31 May

The LVSC and partners have launched a third 'Big Squeeze' campaign to study the impact of the recession and public spending cuts on the capital's voluntary and community sector (VCS) organisations and the people they serve.


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