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Involvement and consultation

Questions you might ask yourself

  • How flexible are we to the different needs of participants?

  • Do we have a strategy for consulting and involving our audiences and stakeholders?

  • How open are we to the views and ideas of our audiences and the community within which we operate?

What success looks like

  • We understand the different ways our audiences/participants enagage with our work.

  • We are able to respond to the different ways people wish to engage with us.


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.

Every Child Matters

Every Child Matters sets out the Government?s approach to the well-being of children and young people from birth to age 19. All should have the support to be healthy; stay safe; enjoy and achieve; make a positive contribution; and achieve economic well-being.

  • Education, Training and Employment: this page does not specifically reference the arts, but links to several important initiatives such as Extended Schools and Learning Outside the Classroom.


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.

Joseph Rowntree Foundation

The Joseph Rowntree Foundation funds a large, UK-wide research and development programme, seeking to understand the root causes of social problems, to identify ways of overcoming them, and to show how social needs can be met in practice.

National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO)

The National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) is an organisation which "gives voice and support to civil society" by supporting the voluntary and community sectors with advice and information.

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.

  • This succinct policy briefing explores the position of the creative industries in the UK economy and argues that productivity growth, though innovative, must be higher and that the benefits they offer must spread out to the whole of society. It discusses the arts' links with other business sectors and looks at the role they can play in regional development.

Scottish Arts Council

The Scottish Arts Council is the lead body for the funding, development and advocacy of the arts in Scotland. Useful information on this site includes an extensive publications list.