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Evaluation: Creative Civic Change

Creative Civic Change was an experimental funding programme that supported 15 communities to shape, lead, and commission creative interventions to make positive change where they lived. An evaluation by one of the programme’s four funders, Local Trust.

Published: 2023 | Resource type: Evaluation reports

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Future Trends: Social value creation and measurement

Part of the Future Trends series, published as part of the Warwick UK Cities of Culture Project and commissioned by the Arts and Humanities Research Council. The term ‘social value’ has increasingly been used within the cultural sector to categorise a way in which the arts impact individuals and groups. This paper provides a cross-disciplinary ... Read more

Published: 2022 | Resource type: Research

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Making Data Work: A scoping study to develop a mixed-methods evaluation framework for culture

The cultural sector makes a significant contribution to people’s lives, to society and the economy – so why do we struggle to convey its impact? This study, led by the Centre for Cultural Value, shares findings from a national, interdisciplinary research project that aims to tackle the crisis the cultural sector is currently facing in ... Read more

Published: 2022 | Resource type: Research

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Creative People and Places: Creating the Environment

This report draws on research conducted with the Creative People and Places (CPP) programme between June and November 2018. It explores the idea of cultural ecology, and the cultural eco-systems within CPP locations. By examining the local environments of which CPP Places are a part, it offers new ways to understand what place-based cultural programmes, ... Read more

Published: 2019 | Resource type: Evaluation reports

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Tactics for the Tightrope: creative resilience for creative communities

Part manifesto, part toolkit, Tactics for the Tightrope by Mark Robinson shows how creative resilience can be a process of resistance not co-option, and can help anyone connect, collaborate and multiply the voices of creative communities, to move from hurt to hope. Published by Future Arts Centres.

Published: 2021 | Resource type: Guide/tools

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Creating museum exhibitions to provoke meaningful behavioural change

Culture has always played a role in subversion, empowering activism and holding power to account. If museums want to be ‘of’ the communities they exist in, then they of course need to advocate for them. Morris Hargreaves McIntyre have identified six principles for museums to follow if they wish to incite meaningful social action in ... Read more

Published: 2021 | Resource type: Article

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Social Impact Measurement Toolkit

Covid-19 placed even more importance on being able to demonstrate the clear social impact of our work. Here the team at Moore Kingston Smith have developed a straightforward Impact Measurement Toolkit to support your planning and action.

Published: 2020 | Resource type: Guide/tools

Cultural Sector Fundraising and Covid-19: recognising the social value of culture

Dan Fletcher, Treasurer of the Institute of Fundraising‘s (IoF) Cultural Sector Network, says that the social value of culture is hugely significant – now more than ever – and in order to thrive in a post-coronavirus world, cultural organisations need to recognise the importance of digital.

Published: 2020 | Resource type: Article

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Outdoor Arts Audience Report 2018

This report has been produced by The Audience Agency in partnership with Outdoor Arts UK. “The work challenges and entertains; it is our most inclusive and empowering art form; it captivates communities and inspires innovation and cohesion.” Outdoor Arts UK

Published: 2018 | Resource type: Research

Measuring social impact for creative businesses

This Prosper resource is a short introduction to measuring social impact for creative businesses. The measurement of social impact is an emerging concept and there are a number of different social models being developed and refined. The information in this resource is therefore for general guidance only and includes links to website with further information.

Published: 2018 | Resource type: Guide/tools

Library @ the Lightbox

Due to open in Autumn 2018, the new central library in Barnsley — Library @ the Lightbox — will become the cornerstone of the town centre with its striking design and transparent glass exterior. Lesley Stables, Library and Information Manager, explains how Creative United’s Prosper programme is providing valuable business support in the run up to the opening ... Read more

Published: 2017 | Resource type: article

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Super Slow Way: talent development for socially engaged practice

Super Slow Way shares its experience of co-developing the Faculty of Social Arts Practice and the lessons it has learnt along the way.

Published: 2017 | Resource type: Case studies

Arts for Wellbeing: unlocking social energy to increase wellbeing

Find out how Creative People and Places project Bait has unlocked ‘social energy’ and made positive changes in its community.

Published: 2017 | Resource type: Case studies

Dance to Health classes improve health and wellbeing of older people

Discover top tips for recruiting participants for older people projects and responding to health and social issues. Plus gain valuable insight into Grants for the Arts funded projects.

Published: 2016 | Resource type: Case studies

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Demonstrating impact

A number of challenges face arts and cultural organisations in showing their impact on public service outcomes. Jessica Harris examines the types of evidence that commissioners want and looks at how arts and cultural organisations are providing it. This article was originally published by Arts Professional.

Published: 2015 | Resource type: article

The role of arts participation in regional well being

This paper is a summary of key areas of interest from Julia Anwar McHenry’s research thesis ‘The Arts and Social Well-being in Rural Communities: A Qualitative and Quantitative Assessment in the Mid West Region of Western Australia’. Anwar McHenry’s thesis is the outcome of a research project on the role of the arts in the ... Read more

Published: 2011 | Resource type: Research

How the arts can make a difference to community cohesion, social well being and rural regeneration

This publication from the Western Australian Department of Culture and the Arts features 10 case studies that show the role arts can play in helping to build inclusive, cohesive groups and address health and social concerns. 

Published: 2012 | Resource type: Case studies

Building creative capital through the arts and cultural education

This paper by Dr Dennie Palmer Wolf and Dr Steven Holochwost from US cultural consultancy WolfBrown draws on new understandings of creativity, as well as a number of WolfBrown projects, to suggest that a focus on building creative capital is a powerful way to think about planning for, executing, and measuring the impact of the ... Read more

Published: 2009 | Resource type: article

Making community engagement part of your marketing strategy

Ten top tips for social marketing – an outline of key things to consider when developing and delivering an audience development campaign.  

Published: 2008 | Resource type: Guide/tools

Creating social impact by using new technologies

‘Social by Social’ is a practical guide to using new technologies to create social impact. It makes accessible the tools you need to engage a community, offer services, scale up activities and sustain projects. You’ll find various case studies, toolkits, definitions and ideas including; an explanation of ‘Social by Social’ and why you should care about it, ideas ... Read more

Published: 2009 | Resource type: Guide/tools