Follow the links below to read useful case studies, toolkits and resources aimed at cultural organisations and artists, to help you better understand strategic commissioning in a public service context.

Case studies

The following case studies outline examples of where arts organisations, artists and local public services have successfully collaborated to produce meaningful arts projects which have helped people and meet shared objectives:

Effervescent: Social Alchemy
Hoot Creative Arts
Lyric Hammersmith
Project Art Works
St. Helens Council

Links to further resources

A guide to developing a local outcomes framework for culture and sport (2012)

This Local Government Association toolkit helps the sector clearly link their arts and cultural activity to a range of social, economic, environmental and health outcomes, measuring what matters, providing the evidence and using this to make the case for investment. It has four elements:

  • an outcomes triangle
  • a logic model
  • sources of evidence
  • performance indicators

Understanding commissioning: a practical guide for the culture, tourism and sport sector (2010)

This Local Government Association publication is designed to help people in the culture and sport sector understand the process of strategic commissioning

Engaging in commissioning (2012)

This Local Government Association toolkit helps cultural organisations understand strategic commissioning. The toolkit comprises five sections:

  • Overview - an introduction to the toolkit and how to use it
  • Lessons learned, based on case studies
  • Step-by-step guide to engaging with commissioning
  • Template to map the local commissioning landscape
  • Self-assessment guides aimed at three audiences: cultural service managers; cultural organisations; councillors

View the presentation slides from the workshops conducted to introduce cultural organisations to the toolkit.

Further case studies of strategic commissioning in the culture sector are available on the Local Government Association website.

Strategic commissioning: what arts organisations and artists need to know (2012)

This report by Eventus was part of a research and development project funded by Arts Council in 2011-12. The comprehensive report provides signposts to a wide range of commissioning resources.