Culture and leisure resources database

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As local government becomes more outcomes focussed, London Councils has developed a database of resources that officers can use to demonstrate the impact that culture and leisure services can have on economic and social objectives across a range of council services.

Download the database here (instruction are below)

We are keen to develop the database further so please give us your comments using the form at the bottom of this page and let us know if there are any other resources that we should include.

Database instructions


  1. Overview – provides a snap shot of the resources in the database and which type of service or outcome area they relate to
  2. Profile –  links to demographic, crime, education and health profiles for different areas
  3. Need – links to datasets, reports and toolkits demonstrating areas of need in relation to crime and ASB, economic development, health and young people
  4. Provision – links to datasets and reports outlining culture and leisure provision in different areas
  5. Participation – links to datasets and reports outlining levels of participation in culture and leisure activities in different areas
  6. Impact – links to resources that provide evidence on the impact of different culture and leisure interventions on a range of social and economic outcomes
  7. Useful resources – links to useful websites and search portals

Tabs two to five contain links to the main resources, including datasets, reports, case studies and toolkits. For each resource, the following information is provided:

  • the service area or outcome area that the resource relates to (column B)
  • the key finding or focus of the resource (column C)
  • a brief summary of the information it contains (column D)
  • the source of the resource (column E)
  • the type of resource e.g. dataset or case study (column F)
  • the latest date from which the data is drawn (column G)
  • the geographical level(s) that the data relates to e.g. local, regional, national (columns H – M)
  • a link to the resource itself (column N)
  • an indication of when the resource is due to be update (column O)

Users can sort for specific items in the database by using the filters at the top of the spread sheet as follows:

  • click on the down arrow to bring up a drop down menu
  • click on the tick box next to the top item ‘select all’ to clear the selection menu
  • click on the tick box next to the item(s) that you wish to view
  • click ‘ok’

The sheet will then filter out all the items that you didn’t select so you only view the ones that are relevant to you. Note that when a filter is applied the symbol to open the drop down menu will change to a filter and an arrow. 

To remove a filter and return to the full view:

  • open the drop down menu again
  • click ‘select all’
  • click ‘ok’.

The filter function will be particularly useful when used in the following columns:

  • column B to search by category
  • column F to search by resource type
  • column G to search by date
  • columns H – M to search for resources that apply to a particular geographic level