The National Council for Voluntary Organisations has published a report for arts and cultural organisations which are interested in engaging with public service commissioners.
The report documents the learning from the Cultural Commissioning Programme’s (CCP) work with five Locality Projects: CCP provided in-depth support to five groups of arts and cultural organisations, helping them develop knowledge, skills and capacity. The five groups, selected through an open application process which required them to show commitment to collaborative working to increase their engagement in commissioning, are based in: Birmingham, Derby, Manchester, Torbay, and York. They involve a diversity of participants, including individual artists, small arts organisations, museums, libraries and other cultural organisations of regional, national and international significance.
Arts Council England has published the Culture Change Guide, a toolkit to support arts organisations in developing a diverse workforce and leadership.
The guide contains case studies and best practice examples from the arts and culture sector and beyond, with guidance on how to recruit and support diverse talent in an organisation, and how to capture and use diversity data.
There are six guides, each is a downloadable PDF:
· How to find and grow diverse talent
· How to recruit diverse talent
· How to support diverse talent
· How to develop diverse leadership
· How to create diverse boards
· How to collect and use diversity data
American think tank Createquity has collated and reviewed research into the health benefits of the arts. The organisation has come up with a list of areas where they identify the evidence for the impact of the arts on wellbeing is strong.
The review of research into arts and wellbeing focuses on the benefits of the arts on a range of different wellbeing impact areas: physical and mental health, education and personal development, economic vitality, and social cohesion. The researchers are highly confident that:
NHS England has produced new guidance for NHS providers (including hospitals, primary care and general practices and community services) on how best to work with volunteers. It includes good practices and highlights different approaches to recruiting and managing volunteers.
The guidance aims to help providers: