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Questions you might ask yourself

  • How do we work with partners to strengthen our offer/relationships with audiences/participants?

  • Do we regularly seek opportunities to work in partnership with others?

  • Do we agree our measures of success with our partners at the outset?

  • How actively do we share our learning with our partners?

What success looks like

  • We work with partners and other providers to offer the best possible opportunities to our audiences/participants.

  • We have identified appropriate partners to work with.


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.

Department for Culture, Media and Sport

The Department for Culture, Media and Sport is the department responsible for government policy on the arts, culture and creative industries. Its website has a reference library of publications and research.

  • 'A passion for excellence - An improvement strategy for culture and sport' (2008) looks at delivering better outcomes, improving the quality of life and improving the delivery of cultural and sport services. It sets a framework for improvement in the culture and sport sector and includes the mechanisms and tools to support self-improvement.

    A passion for excellence - An improvement strategy for culture and sport

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.

Learning Outside the Classroom (LOtC)

Learning Outside the Classroom (LOtC) has created this resource to help professionals working with young people aged 0?19 to provide high-quality experiences.

Mission Models Money

Mission Models Money is an independent, sector-led initiative addressing the challenges faced by individual arts and cultural organisations and their funders in developing mission-led, organisationally and financially resilient businesses. It aims to test ideas for responding and adapting to the numerous and complex trends affecting non-profit distributing arts and cultural organisations.

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.

Policy Governance

Policy Governance, established by John Carver and Miriam Carver, aims to offer a complete theoretical foundation for boards' governance role in business, not-for-profit and government organisations.

  • Policy Governance offers a board leadership framework created by Dr. John Carver, "designed to empower boards of directors to fulfil their obligation of accountability for the organisations they govern". This link takes you to an essay describing how the model works. The site also offers publications for sale on the subject.


RARPA is a project supported by the National Institute of Adult Continuing Education (NIACE).

  • A Value Added Toolkit to support the Recording and Recognition of Progress and Achievement (RARPA) in Non-accredited learning. Particularly useful for those working with adults and non-accredited education experiences.

The Big Lottery Fund

The Big Lottery Fund is a distributor of Lottery grants, with funds going to community groups and to projects that improve health, education and the environment.