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Cultural Trends, the journal that champions the need for better evidence-based analyses of the cultural sector, is looking for reviews for the 'grey literature' Policy Review Notes section. These short (c.2500 words) Policy Review Notes' focus should be in the spirit of the longer Cultural Trends' papers, concentrating on the data, methodologies and development of the evidence base for the policy document(s) or programme being considered. Policy Review Notes are not expected to be exhaustive, however - but may be a first stage or interim commentary on the way in which empirical evidence is being used to support management of a policy programme or evidence-based data collection for policy development. We would be pleased to receive reviews of the material listed below, as well as material relevant to a future Olympic-themed set of reviews. For further information, and to volunteer to review items listed below, or any other grey literature of relevance for the Cultural Trends' aims, please contact: Dr Ian Baxter, Cultural Trends Policy Review Notes Editor, University Campus Suffolk.
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The Cultural Trends website contains guidance for authors:

Reviews are invited for any of the following materials published during 2011 and 2012, contributors are also welcome to suggest other materials for review:

How Art Works: The USA National Endowment for the Arts’ Five-Year Research Agenda, with a System Map and Measurement Model.

IFACCA Research Programme, March 2012: Creative Intersections: Partnerships between the arts, culture and other sectors represents one of the first attempts to research and analyse creative intersections, their forms and structures and the policies that influence them.

UK – Henley Review of Cultural Education (Review and responses)
This independent review of Cultural Education in England was commissioned at the request of the Secretary of State for Education and the Minister for Culture, Communications and Creative Industries. Darren Henley, Managing Director of Global Radio's national classical music station, Classic FM, was asked to consider how we can ensure the ambition that every child should experience a wide variety of high quality cultural experiences, ensuring both quality and best use of public investment.

World Cities Culture Report
The World Cities Culture Report 2012 explores the culture of 12 of the world's most important cities through data and policy analysis. By using more than 60 measures of cultural activity for each city it gives an unprecedented level of insight into their cultural strengths. This has been combined with portraits of nine of the cities, written in conjunction with them, examining the policy context in which culture is shaped in each place. The report, though, is only the most visible part of a wide-ranging collaboration between the 12 cities. That project has brought the cities together to exchange ideas and learn from each other at events in Shanghai and London. As the project co-ordinators, we at BOP are hoping to build on the success of the World Cities Culture Report 2012 by extending the number of cities involved and developing a further programme of events, and working towards the next World Cities Culture Report in 2015.

NEF – Measuring Well-being: A guide for practitioners
The New Economics Foundation (NEF) has launched a new handbook designed for voluntary organisations and community groups to assist them with measuring the well-being outcomes of their projects and services. The guidance aims to assist organisations to gather information on service users' well-being to improve the design and delivery of projects and services, to target projects and services at the people who are in most need, to tailor provision to suit needs, and to support funding applications. This publication comes in the wake of recent work by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) to measure National Well-being, and on whose measures of well-being the handbook builds. Separated into three parts, the handbook covers the understanding of well-being, the recommended tools for measurement and guidance on analysis and interpretation.

Gabriel M. Ahlfeldt, Nancy Holman & Nicolai Wendland. 2012. An assessment of the effects of conservation areas on value. London: LSE. Research commissioned by English Heritage and carried out by the London School of Economics (LSE) in 2012 has proved the value of conservation areas.

Arts and Culture in Australia: A Statistical Overview, 2011, also known as the Arts and Culture Compendium

Review of Private Sector Support for the Arts 2011
Department of Regional Australia, Local Government, Arts and Sport, March 2012, Australia

For the love of local cultural heritage. Report of the local museums committee.
Ministry of Education and Culture, March 2012, Finland
The final report examines the local museum field based on a statistical survey conducted during the spring and summer of 2011. According to it, there are 730 local and home district museums managed by local authorities, associations and foundations which do not receive government subsidies.

Linking the Arts to Environment and Sustainable Development Issues
Asia-Europe Foundation, April 2012, Singapore
In 2010, ASEF commissioned research to investigate good practices connecting the arts to initiatives tackling environmental sustainability issues in a number of Asian countries. Titled Linking the Arts to Environment and Sustainable Development Issues, the research project aimed to carefully document case studies that can not only provide inspiration for networking and collaboration between Asia and Europe in this area but also aid policy making and planning.

Going Further: The National Strategy for Scotland’s Museums and Galleries
Scotland, March 2012, Scotland

Measuring the economic benefits of arts and culture: Arts Council England, May 2012, England The report aims to provide arts and cultural organisations with guidance about undertaking or commissioning studies into the economic benefits of their work, and the information needed to apply research methodologies in appropriate and consistent ways.

Tuvalu - Cultural Mapping, Planning and Policy
Secretariat of the Pacific Community, March 2012, Tuvalu
A cultural mapping, planning and policy (CMPP) exercise was undertaken in Tuvalu, from September to November 2010.

Report: Audience-building and the future ‘Creative Europe’ Programme
European Expert Network on Culture (EENC), May 2012, Belgium
In the context of the preparations for the future Creative Europe Programme, which is due to replace the European Commission’s current Culture Programme (2007-2013) in the next EU financial period (2014-20), the European Expert Network on Culture (EENC) was asked to prepare a report exploring the role of audience building.

A review of research and literature on museums and libraries
This review is a supporting document to Culture, knowledge and understanding: great museums and libraries for everyone, the Arts Council's first framework for its work with museums and libraries. As with that document, this review is a starting point for further exploration, capturing our initial understanding of the research and literature for museums and libraries, ahead of October 2011 when the Arts Council assumed these responsibilities.
ISBN: 978-0-7287-1505-9

Pacific Cultural Mapping, Planning and Policy Toolkit: Secretariat of the Pacific Community, New Caledonia, March 2011 (Author: Katerina Teaiwa and Colin Mercer, Format: PDF Document, Pages: 38) The toolkit builds on the Cultural Mapping, Planning and Policy Workshop conducted for members of the Council for Pacific Arts and Culture in March 2010 at the SPC headquarters in Nouméa, New Caledonia. This workshop was the first activity of Structuring the Cultural Sector in the Pacific for Improved Human Development, a project administered by the Human Development Programme of SPC and funded by the European Commission. The project targets four specific but complementary and mutually supporting areas of the cultural sector: developing policy; promoting cultural industries; preserving cultural heritage; and building cultural relations within the African, Caribbean and Pacific group of states (ACP). This document is thus a resource for ‘structuring the culture sector’ in Pacific Island countries and territories. It draws on approaches from a variety of international models while attending to several issues and concerns relevant to the Pacific Island region specifically. Rather than providing a comprehensive overview of the cultural policy field, it is an open-ended resource for cultural policy consultants and workers who will fashion their own processes as appropriate to their local and national contexts. It is designed to complement other SPC cultural resources including the ‘Policy Map’ and ‘Model Law’ on TK which are available online.

Museums & Municipalities in Europe: Working relationships, perspectives and management Which benefits derive from the relationship between museums and municipalities? How can the existing partnerships be enhanced? Do museums and local municipalities face the same challenges? Which mechanisms are required to make these relations more efficient? These are some of the questions which the White Paper on the "Relationship between Museums and Municipalities in Europe" sought to address. Prepared and written by Anne Krebs (Musée du Louvre) and Xavier Greffe (Université Paris I Sorbonne), this White Paper is the main outcome of the activities organized by the "Museums and Municipalities", a European Policy Analysis Group initiated by ENCATC members in April 2010 and supported by the European Commission under the Culture Programme. The document underscores the synergies and differences relating to the analysis of the museums' missions and to the shared expectations of museums and municipalities.

Northern Ireland – Museums Policy

Demos: Culture Shock (Samuel Jones)
This essay is part of a joint Demos and CASE (Culture and Sport Evidence Programme) fellowship examining the evidence currently available in relation to public participation in culture and sport. It addresses the question: why should the state get involved in culture, and if it should, how? At the moment, the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) is among the smallest of government departments, both in terms of budget and the importance attached to it. Cuts will make it smaller still and threaten to hollow out what power and influence it has. However, culture has a bearing on areas of policy far beyond what is currently thought of as DCMS’ domain and its importance must be reflected. By distinguishing two concepts – the cultural realm as a basic and inalienable continuum of human life and society, and the forms that provide the manifestations of beliefs and opinions about culture – this pamphlet puts in place a new rationale for government intervention in these areas of social life. Culture Shock argues that cultural policy must focus on the equitable distribution of individuals’ cultural capabilities, indicating that this will require thinking anew about what form the structures take, and how they are run. Social, political and economic developments have combined in ways that pose new challenges for policy-makers and the cultural sector alike. This pamphlet describes one way to meet those challenges.

Valuing Culture in Oceania
Methodology and indicators for valuing culture, including traditional knowledge, in Oceania Report prepared by Synexe Consulting Limited for the Human Development Programme of the Secretariat of the Pacific Community Culture has always been an integral component of development. The idea that 'culture matters' in development processes is not a new one, but the central role it plays in achieving sustainable development has only recently been recognised by development planners and incorporated into development policy. Since the World Decade for Cultural Development (1988-1997), a series of significant international meetings have focused on creating harmony between culture and development, harnessing culture to achieve sustainable development, and promoting cultural creativity and diversity through development. Organisations such as UNESCO have been instrumental in placing culture at the heart of development policy and planning. UNESCO has created a number of conventions to protect all forms of culture, the most recent being the Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions 2005.

Glasgow Cultural Statistics Digest 2011: John Myerscough
This Cultural Statistics Digest is intended to provide a quantitative basis for understanding the nature of Glasgow's cultural sector and the journey on which it has travelled. It sets a baseline for the sector, which can be used in thinking about its next phase of development. The work was commissioned by Glasgow Life and the Development and Regeneration Services of Glasgow City Council, with additional funding from Scottish Arts Council (now Creative Scotland).

Culture for Development Indicator Suite
The UNESCO Culture for Development Indicator Suite is a pioneering research and advocacy initiative that aims to establish a set of indicators highlighting how culture contributes to development at national level fostering economic growth, and helping individuals and communities to expand their life choices and adapt to change. This project contributes to the implementation of Article 13 (Integration of Culture in Sustainable Development) of the Convention for the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions. Financed by the Spanish Agency of International Cooperation for Development (AECID), the project runs from 2009 to 2012 and combines research, implementation test phases in up to 20 countries from all regions and expert meetings in order to ensure the pertinence and credibility of the Suite.

Arts Campaign - Arts Index
December 2011 saw the launch of the first ever UK Arts Index. Bringing together key data about the sector’s health for the first time ever, the Arts Index plots trends in tickets sales, corporate sponsorship, philanthropy and public sector funding, as well as other performance measures such as attendance levels for adults and young people, satisfaction levels and the number of people volunteering in the arts. Produced by the NCA in partnership with Audiences UK, this inaugural Arts Index report summarises data from across three years – 2007/8–2009/10 – and is the first indicator of how the arts sector across the UK is faring since the economic downturn.

Crafts Council: Craft in an Age of Change
The Crafts Council, Creative Scotland, Arts Council of Wales and Craft Northern Ireland have launched one of the most comprehensive surveys into contemporary craft of the last ten years. Craft in an Age of Change examines the place of contemporary craft at the beginning of the 21st century. This survey of over 2,000 makers, retailers, educators, writers and curators is the first of its kind to be conducted simultaneously in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

Fundamental shift needed in museum outreach and participation
A report from the Paul Hamlyn Foundation calls for a thorough reappraisal of the way outreach and participation work is conducted by museums and galleries, and a review of its fundamental purpose. The report, Whose cake is it anyway? presents the findings of research into engagement and participation in 12 museums and galleries in the UK, exploring how far institutions were truly engaged with communities in their area. The report documents a shortfall in community engagement, suggesting that decades of investment in participation-related activity has failed to embed participatory practices at the heart of museums and galleries. Instead, outreach and participation exist on the fringes of the institutions' activities funded on a project-by-project basis, rather than at their core, the report contends. The result is that communities do not feel a true sense of ownership of their museums and galleries.

WORLDCP, Global Compendium launched
WorldCP, a new international database of cultural policies, was launched in Melbourne on 3 October 2011 by IFACCA, the International Federation of Arts Councils and Culture Agencies. WorldCP will be a new central, web-based and continuously updated database of country-specific profiles of cultural policies, modelled on the Council of Europe/ERICarts Compendium of Cultural Policies and Trends in Europe. The prototype WorldCP website, currently operating for demonstration purposes, holds profiles of 12 countries on five continents (Africa, Australia, Europe, North America and Asia).

Artists and Arts Workers in the United States: National Endowment for the Arts, October 2011, USA The availability of American Community Survey (ACS) data for 2005-2009 allows researchers to produce reliable national estimates of the number, variety, and distribution of artists in the United States. This Research Note extends the NEA’s previous analysis of ACS data for 2003-2005. That report, Artists in the Workforce: 2000-2005, identified key similarities and differences between artists and other U.S. Workers.

Assessment of the Economic Impact of the Arts in Ireland: Arts Council Ireland, November 2011, Ireland The purpose of this research is to establish an evidence based assessment of the economic impact of the arts as an input into wider economic policy. This study, which follows the 2009 Indecon assessment of the economic impact of the arts in Ireland, is concerned with the impact of the arts in 2010.

Chile's Cultural Policy 2011 - 2016
Consejo Nacional de la Cultura y las Artes , 24 November 2011,Chile In November 2011 Minister Cruz-Coke delivered Chile's Cultural Policy 2011-2016 to the President of Chile, Sebastián Piñera. Document: Arts & Culture Directorate:

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