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Economic situation

Questions you might ask yourself

  • What is the impact of the global economy locally/regionally/nationally? (as appropriate)

  • What are the economic trends in our sphere of influence?

  • What is the economic outlook?

What success looks like

  • We have a clear understanding of the impact of the current economic climate on our audiences, funders, promoter, suppliers and staff.

  • We have planned our work to take appropriate account of the economic climate and likely future trends.



Demos is a London-based think tank which focuses on politics and policy, and aims to give people power over their lives. Its vision is of "a society of free and powerful citizens".

  • This explores a huge range of public policy and social issues. It includes regular blogs by its associates, and a list of over 300 downloadable publications, including many on culture and creativity, such as Jen Lexmond and Shelagh Wright's 'Making of Me' and Samuel Jones's 'Expressive Lives'.

International Futures Forum

International Futures Forum is a non-profit organisation established to help people and organisations to deal with complex and confounding challenges and to "restore the capacity for effective action in todays powerful times". Its resources include the Kitbag, which supports personal growth, and its World Model, which explores the global situation.


IPPR is an independent think tank based in the political centre ground. It characterises itself as radical and progressive and is concerned with combating inequality, empowering citizens,promoting social responsibility, creating a sustainable economy and revitalising democracy.

  • The Institute for Public Policy Research's publication list is updated frequently and embraces subjects such as world conflict, public sector reform, accountability and environmental change. It is possible to search its publications and articles by themes such as 'Democracy, Power and Citizenship', 'Media, Culture and Sport', and 'Political Ideas'. Publications are for sale, and are not available for free download.

Policy Studies Institute (PSI)

Policy Studies Institute (PSI) is one of Britain's leading research institutes, conducting research to promote economic well-being and improve quality of life. PSI enjoys a reputation for the rigorous and impartial evaluation of policy in the UK and Europe, and the publication and dissemination of research findings is central to its ethos.

  • The cultural studies publications list of the Policy Studies Institute, which is based at the University of Westminster and carries out sponsored research into employment, environment and social policy, with the aims of promoting economic well-being and improving the quality of life.

Strategy and Impact website (NCVO)

The Strategy and Impact website is run by the NCVO (National Council for Voluntary Organisations) and aims to help you to "know where you are going and how well you are doing, grow, by achieving even more for your users or cause, and show your successes and communicate your plans".

  • 12 strategic planning tools which can help to assess the economic situation, including PEST, SWOT, Cash Benefit Analysis, etc. Each is briefly described. A full report on strategic planning tools in the voluntary sector is available for download.

Third Sector Foresight

Third Sector Foresight is a National Council for Voluntary Organisations website, offering strategic insight and planning tools for the UK voluntary and community sector, including key drivers influencing the sector.