Measuring social outcomes

  • By London Councils

The funding for the London Cultural Improvement Programme came to an end in 2011.  This website will remain live to ensure that the learning and resources from the programme are still available.  For an overview of the programme visit the LCIP Index.

The Measuring Social Outcomes (MSO) strand of the London Cultural Improvement Programme aimed to support local authorities to demonstrate the impact of culture using robust and demonstrable evidence.  An evaluation planning tool was developed in conjunction with a group of London Cultural Peers and was updated in February 2011 to incorporate Local Government Improvement and Development's new Outcomes Framework, which is a strategic level tool.  Our tool sits beneath this kind of framework and will help you measure the 'local data' needed to demonstrate the benefit of your cultural activities, projects and programmes.

Three tranches of training with one-to-one support from an evaluation specialist were run in total between 2008-10.  In 2010-11 we ran an MSO grants programme to support local authority cultural services and children and young people's services to deliver joined-up projects as part of Working with Children's Services.  The training was also delivered to participants in the Greater London Authority's music projects and was run as a one-day course for cultural organisationss as well as local authority staff.  A map of engagement is available to download from the related documents, which shows London local authorities who participated in this programme.  Also available is an evaluation summary of the first two tranches of the training.  Individual borough reports allow you to identify who in your borough has been trained as an MSO Champion.  This material by the London Cultural Improvement Programme is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License. Please link to this page when providing attribution and credit the London Cultural Improvement Programme.

Measuring Social Outcomes Webtools
To ensure the sustainability of this strand of work we developed the MSO Webtools, which will take you through the activities and information covered during the training. The webtools have been developed as an online learning experience:

Measuring Social Outcomes was developed by Nicky Boyd, Museum Learning and Evaluation Consultant, in collaboration with the London Cultural Improvement Programme.