Resources Archive

CLOA is leading on a range of policy developments across the cultural and leisure sector.  We are currently working with LGA and Sporta on a short publication that highlights the different delivery models for sport that are being implemented across England. 

Highlighted below are links to a range of reports, data sources, guidance and other resources to assist you demonstrate the impact of culture and sport on broader outcomes.

Resources Archive:

Physical Activity Strategic Think Piece co-authored by the Local Government Physical Activity Partnership (LGPAP) This first Think Piece relates to local council’s role in driving up levels of physical activity the strategic positioning of physical activity services.

Sport England Youth Personas has undertaken extensive research with scores of young people and created Under the Skin, which breaks down young people into six key personas. By understanding these various groups you will be better able to design programmes to get young people active.

Public Health England has published a new Health Profile giving the most comprehensive picture of the health of England today and into the future.  The Health Profile for England report covers life expectancy; major causes of death; mortality trends; child health; inequality in health; wider determinants of health; and current health protection issues. 

The National Archives has published Delivering the Vision 2018-19, the annual update for Archives Unlocked, which sets out how they will help archives work to secure their future through digital transformation, investing in new workforce skills, and encouraging innovation. 

Together CLOA and Sport England have developed a series of video testimonies that explain the process of Engaging in Commissioning, reflect on the impact achieved over time in a selection of localities and illustrate a growing pool of best practice.  The aim of these new learning resources is to share peer learning and help prompt thinking about how your service can engage with commissioners locally.

Active people, healthy places, has been produced by LGA in partnership with Sporta and CLOA to help decision-makers consider how to demonstrate strong evidence of impact, value for money and service excellence. The 12 case studies show examples where councils and their delivery partners have moved beyond cost and the numbers of people using their services to maximising the strategic benefits of sport and leisure, alongside demonstrating the value this has on broader council and partner agendas.

Sport England has published a guidance document to help local authorities choose the best facility management model. The guidance – plus accompanying case studies and glossary of terms – is an introduction to the different facility management options and aims to help councils adopt a more strategic approach to decision-making.  

Explore best practices in cultural services - A new Culture Hub by the Local Government Association and Arts Council England highlights good practice in cultural services by councils and their partners– gathering inspiring case studies on everything from delivery models to officer leadership. Take a look and be inspired here.

Arts Council England has published four research reports that show the important contribution libraries make to a range of national and local policy areas.
Stand by me - The contribution of public libraries to the well-being of older people.
Re-writing the story - The contribution of public libraries to place-shaping
Libraries as community hubs - This report looks at libraries that are co-located alongside other services within community hubs.
Evidencing audience reach - This report shows that the Library audience is broadly representative of contemporary England.

The What Works Centre for Wellbeing has published new international evidence on the impact sport, dance and physical activity have on the wellbeing of 15-24 year olds. Key findings in Sport, dance and young people’s wellbeing: what works? You can download a summary briefing here 

Local Government Association and cCLOA have produced a publication that highlights how councils are using culture to create a sense of shared identity and purpose in their areas, and to tackle their big issues of the day.  People, culture, place: the role of culture in placemaking contains 10 case studies where officer and political leadership has combined to develop innovative practice using cultural activities to bring about positive changes to their places. Together, they show how the arts and culture can be used to improve a wide range of measurable outcomes, from education and wellbeing to economic growth and community cohesion.

Research published by the Association of Independent Museums (AIM) analyses the impact of charging (or not charging) on both visitors and museums. The research is timely, as an increasing number of museums are thinking about introducing admission charges in response to reductions in local authority funding.  The research report is accompanied by a practical guide that museums can use to help them make decisions about whether an admission charge is right for their museum. 

The National Archives has published guidance on commercial opportunities for archives. The guidance draws on the experience of The National Archives' commercial operations and also of experience and good practice from across the sector. The guidance has a very practical focus and aims to flag up the most fruitful areas for commercial activity, so as to support archives and their managers to build robust business strategies.

Sport and Recreation Alliance and ukactive have published Physical Activity and Health: Working Together to get the Nation Movingwhich sets out the key role the sport, recreation and physical activity sector can play in improving physical and mental health outcomes.  The report includes a number of key policy recommendations to ensure that both national and local frameworks encourage and facilitate joined-up working to help get more people to be more active.  Plus case studies which share outcomes and learning from current projects as well as a section contributed by cCLOA and Sport England offering top tips on engaging with commissioners of health and wellbeing services here.

The Cultural Commissioning Programme (CCP) has worked with two pilots to help them improve their approaches to commissioning to enable engagement by the arts and cultural sector. The Art of Commissioning draws together this learning and makes recommendations for other commissioners.  It includes case studies to support commissioners to innovate and deliver better outcomes through working with the arts and cultural sector.  A Summary Report  is also available for download.

The Sport England procurement toolkit has been updated, with new resources now available. The leisure contracts and procurement toolkit places importance on achieving local outcomes, and aligns with the new strategyTowards an Active Nation. Revised documents now reflect legislative changes and should replace previous guidance.  You can access the toolkit here.

The Libraries Taskforce has launched its second toolkit focusing on Community Libraries; the toolkit follows the process from community engagement through to setting up a community managed library from a local authority and community perspective. It includes regulatory and operational issues that need to be considered and also looks at volunteering schemes in local authority libraries.  Previously they published Libraries Shaping the Future: good practice toolkit ­– a best practice guide for chief executives and library portfolio holders.  

Changing the Game for Girls: In Action this report from Women in Sport (WiS) highlights that only 7% of girls currently meet the government recommendations for physical activity.  Furthermore, a third of girls age 12-15 in England are classified as being overweight or obese.  The report also makes tried and tested recommendations to help schools quash the gender divide once and for all.

Meeting the needs of commissioners With a backdrop of tight finances, local authorities are taking a commissioning approach to meet the needs of their communities. Over the last year, we've been working with Sport England and eight councils to support local authority sport and leisure professionals engage better with commissioners and commissioning professionals.  As part of the process we've developed an animated film that brings to life our work, showing exactly what steps a professional can take to meet the needs of commissioners plus a series of short videos  from the people involved.

The Art of Commissioning documents the learning from the two commissioning partner pilots: Kent County Council and Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group. It shows how leaders and commissioners of public services can deliver achievable improvements to commissioning and procurement processes, to enable better engagement by the arts and cultural sector.         

Sport England MOVES tool will help you to understand the health and economic benefits of physical activity.  MOVES, which has been developed alongside the Health Economics Consulting group at the University of East Anglia, can estimate the value of an existing or planned programme of physical activity and sport among a specific population group.  It shows how much the risk of key diseases – like cardiovascular disease and diabetes – has been lowered for those who play sport. To find out more about how the tool works, and to use it, you will need to create an account on the Sport England website.

The Arts & Humanities Research Council's three-year Cultural Value Project has published a major report - Understanding the value of arts and culture.  The report looks at how we think about the value of the arts and culture to individuals and society, and the methodologies we can use for capturing cultural value.

Public Health England resources to help local authorities address health inequalities. The guidance and resources, which include a series of written and video stories to encourage local action on health inequalities, emphasise that the creative arts can “help individuals build and maintain social connections and can be beneficial for health and wellbeing.”  Find out more here and here.

Understanding Women’s Lives: Re-Designing and Re-Positioning Sport and Physical Activity to Engage Women published by Women in Sport (WiS), offers practical guidelines to provide organisations with the means to engage more effectively with women and girls. The research, funded by Sport England, has helped Women in Sport define six key values that are fundamental in the lives of women and girls and influence their sporting behaviours. It also showcases practical examples of how to use the values system to engage in a more sophisticated way and increase the number of women playing sport.

Arts Council England report on the Contribution of the arts and culture sector to the national economy.  The report provides new evidence that the arts and culture sector makes a strong, tangible contribution to the national economy.  The report was launched in conjunction with the Creative Industries Federation who have published their own report on Arts and Growth; How public investment in the arts contributes to growth in the creative industries.  Together, these reports add momentum to the argument that the arts and culture sector means business: its contribution to the national economy and to the creative industries is considerable.

Transforming local archive services - The Local Government Association and The National Archives have published a series of 13 case studies that illustrate the potential of local archives to reach out and engage people, helping to develop understanding of the past and present, promoting transparency and contributing towards a range of wider community outcomes.  The series uses examples of what can be achieved despite a background of continuing austerity.  Download a copy here.

The health and wellbeing benefits of public libraries Arts Council England have published research that shows libraries can “save the NHS money and make a positive contribution to people’s health and wellbeing”. The study looks at the value of the health and wellbeing benefits of library engagement measured through economic value, using methods that are consistent with the HM Treasury Green Book guidance. It shows that the benefits people gain from public libraries could be valued nationally at around £748.1m per annum.

Independent library review - William Sieghart along with the advisory group, visited libraries around the country and received 200 submissions of written evidence.  The resulting report has been hailed by campaigners as the last chance to halt a decline in which 324 libraries have closed since 2011 and recommends a complete “reinvigoration of the library network” for the 21st century, with every library in the country fitted with wi-fi in order to attract people as an alternative to spending time in cafés.  Read the recommendations here.

The role of culture and leisure in improving health and wellbeing - In recognition of the vital role culture and leisure play in improving the health and wellbeing of local communities, cCLOA have published a guidance document to help commissioners and providers of culture and leisure services in England understand and engage more effectively and collaboratively with this key agenda.The guidance aims to improve understanding about the structures, frameworks and outcomes relating to public health. We have also developed a self-assessment to enable you identify what stage you are at and to help you plan your approach - The role of culture & leisure in improving health & well-being - self-assessment for practitioners

Moving More, Living More - The Cabinet Office Legacy Unit has launched a document that outlines the change in government policy towards physical activity.  The approach builds on the belief that action on physical activity needs to be a long term effort and is best tackled through a team approach across government and all sectors. The initiative also looks to shine a light on existing good practices, provide opportunities which work for people and recognise and tackle barriers that prevent people being active.

ukactive's report Turning the tide of inactivity approaches inactivity as a stand-alone public health issue that needs to be targeted and treated distinctly. In an analysis of increasing levels of physical inactivity across England, 150 local authorities are ranked from the least inactive to the most inactive. The report calls for cross party national strategy to turn the tide of inactivity and local authorities to invest in targeted inactivity interventions in line with other top tier health concerns, such as alcohol misuse and smoking. 

Improving culture, arts and sporting opportunities through planning - cCLOA have been working with The Town & Country Planning Association (TCPA) and other partners to develop a non-statutory planning guide in response to the new planning framework to better help illustrate these positive planning outcomes. 

In recent years culture, arts and sport have been widely used to drive regeneration, build cohesive communities and change the way that places are perceived.  This document builds on the National Planning Policy Framework core planning principle supporting health, social and cultural well-being . You can download your copy of the guide here.

NICE guidance to boost walking and cycling is aimed at commissioners, managers and practitioners involved in physical activity promotion or who work in the environment, parks and leisure or transport planning sectors.  The publication urges local authorities to devise a coherent, long-term plan for boosting active travel and sets out how people can be encouraged to increase the amount they walk or cycle for travel or recreation purposes. You can download the guidance here.

Community libraries for the 21st century Arts Council England and LGA have published a report that looks into the different ways in which communities are involved in library service delivery. From this research guiding principles have been developed to assist local authorities who are considering reviewing the delivery of their library services to work with their communities.

Public Libraries Profiles Using the latest CIPFA stats data a comprehensive set of benchmarking profiles have been published. The profiles, commissioned by DCMS and produced by the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA), comprise of easy to read charts that collectively build up a detailed view of how services compare to others. The profiles will support evidence based decision-making and help library authorities ensure they are delivering a good level of service by looking at a range of key indicators including library usage, financial information, levels of staffing, number of volunteers, loans figures, stock levels and book acquisitions. You can access the profiles here

Engaging in commissioning is a practical resource pack jointly produced by the LGA, cCLOA, Sport England and the Arts Council. It aims to help the sector engage with other public services through commissioning, to bring sport and culture to more people and contribute to better outcomes for individuals and communities. The resources have been informed by the practical experience of councils and cultural sector organisations and distil the lessons learned. There is a self-assessment guide to help you assess where you are and a step by step guide to help you plan your approach.

Affordable facilities Sport England have devised guidance with a particular focus on the ‘affordability’ and ‘future financial sustainability’ of leisure facilities, The information is an essential reference for new community swimming projects or where the rationalisation of the existing facilities is being considered. Guidance for affordable pools can be found here and guidance for sports halls here. Whilst the emphasis is on affordability and generating income the documents and downloadable CAD files illustrate how new projects can meet a full range of community needs and comply with best practice standards.

The role of Culture and Sport in supporting Adult Social Care - revised  Adult Social Care is facing some major challenges with reducing resources and increasing life expectancy. By 2026 there will be 1.7 million more adults who need support to help them live with conditions that seriously reduce the quality of their life. Culture and sport can play an important role in supporting adult social care to deliver better outcomes for people. To help increase understanding of the opportunities for the sector to contribute through the strategic commissioning process and to bring the guidance up to date by reflecting the latest policy and legislation, this well-received publication has been revised.

A guide to developing a local outcomes framework for culture and sport Working with Local Government Association we've produced an updated version of the highly valued Outcomes Framework for Culture & Sport which can help you demonstrate the contribution culture and sport makes to better outcomes for individuals, communities and places. This online tool reflects the latest policy developments and we have created a docxfact sheet about how to get the most out of the tool, outlining the benefits of developing your own outcomes framework, explaining the elements that form the framework and also providing an overview of the stages involved in creating your own version locally.

Financial Settlements for Culture & Sport 12/13Survey Summary 62 local authorities responded to our survey last May and the headlines included:

  • No service area has been immune to budget reduction. The services hit hardest, with cuts exceeding 15%, once again include arts, sports development, sport and leisure facilities, with museums joining the ranks of services under the squeeze.
  • Based on returns, we estimate cautiously that there has been a loss of over 2800 jobs nationally from the sector, with cuts notably affecting front line services such as libraries, leisure centres and development posts in arts, museums and sports.
  • Community grants are reducing with 55% of local authorities implementing a cut in at least one service area compared with just 30% last year.
  • Driving up income - 27% of respondents had introduced a charge significantly higher than the current RPI in one or more area; with a number of authorities opting to introduce charges for services and activities that were previously free.
  • Additional income has been secured through strategic commissioning and 70% of the authorities responding to this question cited that they had been successful. Working to deliver outcomes for PCT’s/Public Health/Health & Well-being Boards has generated the most opportunities.

The role of Culture and Sport in reducing Crime and Anti Social Behaviour  Culture and sport have an important role to play in preventing young people becoming involved in crime and anti-social behaviour. This document aims to help providers of culture and sport services better understand community safety and crime reduction agendas. It also offers a number of practical real world case studies that have a track record of successfully diverting those most at risk of offending through culture and sports based activities.

CASE is the DCMS Culture and Sport evidence programme, which aims to strengthen understanding of how best to deliver culture and sporting opportunities of the highest quality to the widest audience generating the best outcomes for society. The data can be used to support the case for investing in culture and sport. The key resources are:

There are a number of related blogs that give examples of how CASE can be used to evidence of the impacts of engagement in sport and culture here.

CLOA CSR Impact Survey Summary of Findings May 2011

CLOA and the Public Library Service

Understanding the drivers, impact and value of engagement in culture and sport

Putting the people back into participation March 2010

Council services in our hands

Key Sources of Cultural & Sporting Data in England

Cultural Capital - a manifesto for the future

One Year on - Passion For Excellence

Culture for all

Playing Their Part

After the Downturn - SOLACE/CIPFA

The role of Museums, Libraries and Archives & Local Area Agreements

Improving Strategic Commissioning in the Culture & Sport Sector

Impact, Outcomes, Evidence: It's all about the results

A Passion for Excellence: An Improvement Strategy for Culture and Sport