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Report analyses role for culture in local services

A new report by the New Economics Foundation (NEF) sets out a new model of public services utilising arts and cultural organisations in preventing harm and reducing people’s need for acute services.

The report notes that arts and cultural organisations have long been overlooked by commissioners of public services because commissioning can often be focused on more traditional models of service provision, and procurement documents can be so highly specified that they leave little room for innovation in how organisations meet the outcomes that people and commissioners want.


As part of the Cultural Commissioning Programme, NEF has worked with NHS and local authority partners in Kent and Gloucestershire over an 18 month period. The report brings together experiences and lessons from these two pilot sites, sharing practical examples of how arts and cultural organisations can be engaged to improve the quality and value of public services, and how commissioners can overcome some of the common barriers they face.


Find out more about the report on the NEF Website

A PDF of the report can be accessed here



This article originally appeared on the LAHF website, here

Image credit: Joe Maggee / NEF



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