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Technological development

Questions you might ask yourself

  • How well are we monitoring technological developments?

  • How well are we assessing the potential of those developments for our organisation?

What success looks like

  • We are up to speed with current and future technological developments.

  • We know how they are likely to affect us and the opportunities they offer.

  • We have plans to invest in, experiement with or train staff in new developments.



AmbITion is a pilot project run in England from 2007-09 and in Scotland from 2009, to promote digital development for the arts.

  • AmbITion offers a wide range of resources to support the development of digital strategy, including case studies, masterclasses and discussions from its consultants, and over 30 documents relating to subjects such as implementing digital developments, a guide to Twitter and a Terms and Conditions document for websites.

Arts Council England

Arts Council England is the national arts development agency for England, supporting a range of artistic activities from theatre to music, literature to dance, photography to digital art, carnival to crafts. It distributed both grant-in-aid and Lottery money. brings together information on a range of subjects including funding, international connections, jobs, events, reviews, partners and resources.

  • A portal to statistical information from all over the world, particularly linked to culture or areas relevant to culture. However, not all of the links may be current.


The ICT Hub is part of the work of the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO). It provides a service to voluntary and community sector organisations that wish to develop and use ICT.

  • A list of freely downloadable documents including its management series (e.g. 'A Guide to Managing ICT in the Voluntary and Community Sector'), its Foresight series (e.g. 'Charitable Giving and Fundraising in a Digital World') and its accessibility guides (e.g. 'Easy Free and Quick ICT Accessibility').

NESTA (National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts)

NESTA (the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts) is a Non-Departmental Public Body, accountable to Parliament and funded by means of a 300m endowment to foster innovation in tackling the country's social and economic challenges. It works in partnership with private and third sector organisations.

The knowledge base

The knowledge base is designed to help community and voluntary sector organisations access the benefits of information technology. It is a source of independent ICT information and advice.

  • This site offers numerous articles on ICT strategy and planning, ICT policies and managing ICT projects. There are also sections on 'Accessibility and Inclusion', 'Security' and 'Common Questions'.

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.