London Poverty Profile

The latest London Poverty Profile 2011 commissioned by Trust for London and conducted by the New Policy Institute has been published.

The key findings include:

* Although child poverty in the capital has fallen since 2009, working-age poverty has risen while the number of children and working-age adults in in-work poverty grew.

International comparisons of public engagement in culture and sport

The Department for Culture Media and Sport has published a report written by Orian Brook which uses Eurobarometer, Eurostat and other data to compare Great Britain with other European countries in relation to public engagement in sport and culture.

Key findings include: cultural attendance and sports participation in Britain are both higher than the average for Europe; higher rates of personal fulfillment are found for those that attend all kinds of culture, compared to those that do not; and rates of attendance between countries seem to be related to levels of government spend on c

Snapshot London: Visual Arts - 2011 Benchmark Report

Following the successful Snapshot London model for performing arts venues, Audiences London has now established a similar audience intelligence-sharing service for visual arts organisations.

Snapshot London includes a full set of benchmarks, allowing galleries to compare their own detailed audience profile with the overall London benchmark and tailored benchmarks reflecting gallery size.

Dynamix first year evaluation

Dynamix is a music and health programme developed and delivered by Sound It Out to four Child & Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) wards at the Birmingham Children’s Hospital.

Dynamix provides access to practical music making for children and young people experiencing mental health conditions. The pilot project involved young inpatients, some of whom had been resident for up to one year.

NCA launches UK Arts Index

Bringing together key data about the state of the arts sector’s health, the Arts Index plots trends in ticket 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 downtu

An Overview of the Health Transition

Regional Voices has updated its briefing about the health transition and the implications for the voluntary and community sector (VCS), following the outcomes of the first Future Forum listening exercise. The briefing outlines the 'emerging' clinical commissioning groups, Health & Well Being Boards, HealthWatch, PCT clusters, the NHS Commissioning Board and the transition timeline. LVSC has adapted a London version of this briefing.

Report on healthcare in London

The King's Fund has published a report on improving health and healthcare in London.

The report raises concerns about:
  * the disproportionate lack of funding in London: both providers and commissioners in the capital are reporting greater financial deficits than in other parts of the country and London's NHS is subject to greater demands from Private Finance Initiative (PFI) contracts;
  * variations in the quality of primary and secondary care in London remain, despite past efforts to address them; and
  * the lack of clear leadership to address health and

Art in Prisons: a literature review of the philosophies and impacts of visual art programs for correctional populations

This review was commissioned by Arts Access Australia to examine evidence for the value of visual arts programs in Australian prisons and their impact on adult inmates. It considers current philosophies behind art programs, how they are implemented and how ‘success’ is measured, and includes an annotated bibliography of relevant literature.

Click here for the full report

ixia’s Public Art Survey 2011: Summary and Key Findings

Nearly 700 people participated in ixia’s Public Art Survey 2011 and a summary of key findings have now been published.

Art Lift evaluation

The evaluation of the Art Lift project by the University of Gloucestershire is now available. Art Lift is a primary care based art intervention where health professionals refer patients for a ten week art programme, usually delivered in a primary care setting.

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