A joyful union?

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10 Mar 2016

The arts and health may have been officially coupled with the launch of a new evaluation framework, but will they ever be comfortable bedfellows? Frances Williams has her doubts.

Developing a narrative for people, communities and place

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03 Mar 2016

How can arts organisations present their offer more effectively to public service commissioners? Five pilot consortia have been working to do just that and Jessica Harris reports on what they’ve learned. 

Prescribing the arts for better health

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05 Nov 2015

What are the opportunities for arts organisations interested in delivering ‘on prescription’ schemes? And do they outweigh the challenges? Jessica Harris investigates.

Investment and Contract Readiness Fund pays dividends

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30 Oct 2015

Giving support to organisations applying for social investment funding or bidding for public service contracts can boost their chances of success, report finds.

Adding years to life – and life to years

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17 Sep 2015

When will all commissioners recognise that activities like dancing and singing help maintain older people’s quality of life and independence, asks Jessica Harris.

Repositioning a service

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10 Sep 2015

Tony Witton reports on the changes Kent County Council’s arts and culture service has made since asked to find new ways to pay for itself.

Policies for the people

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16 Jul 2015

What would our public services look like if we used wellbeing evidence to inform policy-making? There would surely be more room for arts and culture, says Jessica Harris.

Who are the commissioners?

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30 Apr 2015

Linden Rowley explores who the commissioners of public services are, where to find them and how arts and cultural organisations can best talk to them.

A commissioner’s views on priorities and opportunities

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19 Mar 2015

Linden Rowley interviews Christian Markandu about the priorities for his commissioning service and the opportunities for arts and cultural organisations of all sizes.

Demonstrating impact

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14 Jan 2015

A number of challenges face arts and cultural organisations trying to show their impact on public service outcomes. Jessica Harris examines the types of evidence that commissioners want and looks at ways in which arts and cultural organisations have risen to the challenge of providing it.

Getting to grips with commissioning

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14 Nov 2014

In a new series exploring opportunities for arts organisations, museums and library services to engage in public service commissioning, Jessica Harris explains the importance of understanding the outcomes commissioners are looking for.

Cultural commissioning potential is unfulfilled, says report

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06 Jun 2014

The arts sector and the public are both missing out due to a communication gap between cultural organisations and local government and health commissioners. 

Survey to kick-start the Cultural Commissioning Programme

16 Sep 2013

A new survey is giving cultural sector organisations a chance to share their experiences of involvement in the delivery of public services. 

The dangers of diversity

16 Apr 2013

Liz Hill worries that the dash for cash to plug the arts funding gap will undermine the work of artists and organisations that specialise in social impact work.

New drive to boost cultural commissioning

12 Apr 2013

A three-year programme aims to help cultural organisations diversify their income streams.

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