Background reading on the whys, hows and wherefores of Impact Assessment, economic measurement and social measurement. Some interesting projects across arts and culture.
A keynote from speech from a NESTA conference 'Measuring Cultural Value'. For the arts to be in receipt of public money, so it must be economically accountable for what it spends. Click here to download from Culture Hive.
Published by New Philanthropy Capital. A theory of change is a tool that shows a charity’s path from needs to activities to outcomes to impact. It describes the change you want to make and the steps involved in making that change happen. Click on the logo to visit NPC's website.
A straightforward article by Patrick Barker, published in The Guardian, explaining the Social Value Act 2013 and its potential benefits for the charitable sector’s work with commissioners.
An analysis of the macroeconomic contribution of the arts and culture and of some of their indirect contributions through spillover effects felt in the wider economy. Published by the Centre for Economics and Business Research.
This two-year Cultural Value Project aims to make a major contribution to how we think about the value of arts and culture to individuals and to society. This link takes you to a page where you can download information and hear a podcast about the project.
This report follows a series of seminars, held jointly by teh RSA and Arts Council England, which explored new ways for the arts to create, understand and articulate its value. As well as offering recommendations to inform future policy and practice, the report includes essays by Martin Smith, Alex Jones, Mandy Barnett and Daniel Fujiwara, and Sue Horner.
In September 2011, 30 leaders in the field of social impact measurement came convened at an Impact Summit, where they discussed how to embed impact measurement throughout the UK social sector. This report sets out the results of that discussion, and sows the seeds for the development of Inspiring Impact.
The Happy Museum Project looks at how the UK museum sector can respond to the challenges presented by the need for creating a more sustainable future. the project includes some thinking and resources on measuring impact.