Evidence for contribution of culture, tourism and sport to strong communities

This is a list of validated national and international evidence that may support your outcomes triangle and logic model for strong communities.

Not all of these examples will be relevant to your local outcomes. As you develop your framework you should select local and national evidence that together best demonstrate the contribution of culture and sport to your service, intermediate and overarching strategic outcomes.

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'Volunteering in archives'

Research highlighting some of the benefits to archive services and to individuals of volunteering in archives, including increased knowledge and skills and social benefits.

Volunteering in archives – on the Archives and Records Association website

National Council on Archives, 2009

'Art and Safe Communities: the role of Big hART in the regeneration of an inner-city housing estate'

Paper describing how a notorious central Sydney housing estate became the first public housing estate to achieve the World Health Organization (WHO) criteria for designation as a Safe Community. The art of story-telling was the catalyst for the regeneration of the estate.

Art and Safe Communities – on The National Center for Biotechnology Information website

Health Promotion Journal of Australia, 2008

'Lessons from West Bowling youth initiative: then, now and the future'

Creative arts and community initiatives as part of a project with hard to reach young British Muslim Pakistani men, focusing on celebrating the positive aspects of neighbourhood life and the promotion of cultural engagement between different groups of young people, alongside enhancing the skills and capacities of young people through the use of creative arts.

Joseph Rowntree Foundation, 2008

'Wigging people out: youth music practice and mediated communities'

Paper exploring the use of integrated media in the cultural practices of young people, not only as a manifestation of the new economy on the ground but also for its vitally important function of developing a stronger sense of social identity and social cohesion, and for self-making and community-building in the contemporary world of blended work and leisure.

Wigging people out – on the British Library Direct website

Journal of Community and Applied Social Psychology, 2007

'Sport, leisure, culture and social capital: discourse and practice'

Study showing that high-profile arts-led regeneration has encouraged the relocation of artists and a surge of arts activity in the regenerated area, and concludes that there is great potential for arts to play a positive role in increasing levels of local cohesion.

Sport, leisure, culture and social capital – on the Leisure Studies Association website

Leisure Studies Association, 2007

'Recondita armonia: a reflection on the function of culture in building citizenship capacity'

Study exploring how cultural participation contributes to building citizenship capacity and social cohesion. The social impact of culture is that it enhances social understanding, strengthens the sense of identity, modifies values, builds social cohesion and contributes to community development and civic participation. These effects taken together allow the members of society to take full and effective part in the life and governance of their nations.

Recondita armonia – on the Basque Observatory of Culture website

Council Of Europe, 2006

'Use or ornament? The social impact of participation in the arts'

Study indicating that participation in the arts is an effective route for personal growth, leading to enhanced confidence, skill-building and educational developments which can improve people's social contacts and employability; participation can also contribute to social cohesion by developing networks and understanding, and by building local capacity for organisation and self-determination.

Use or ornament? The social impact of participation in the arts – on Francois Matarosso's website

Comedia, 1997

'The value of public space'

Summary of how high-quality parks and public spaces can create economic, social and environmental value, with references to research evidence.

The value of public space – on the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment (CABE) website

CABE, 2005

Page updated May 2012.