Our research and strategy development work on libraries and culture plays a significant role nationally and with individual local authorities, helping provide direction and inform decisions. Our government-commissioned work with Ipsos MORI on What the Public Want from Libraries and Envisioning Libraries of the Future still stand as benchmarks for national research which supports both the sector and government decision-making on the core purpose and vision for public libraries. Our work for the Society of Chief Librarians on digital leadership has enabled them to lead practical local action to build skills in the sector through research and scoping, and the delivery of a hands-on leadership skills programme. We have also worked with the Libraries Taskforce to analyse CIPFA data, using our unique ten-year datastore of national library trend data.
Our work with Arts Council England on improving arts and cultural experiences for children and young people has helped produce a unique quality framework for children’s and youth arts which is now fully embedded in Arts Council England’s funding and support programmes. We have subsequently worked with a number of nationally acclaimed youth arts organisations including Re:Bourne and the National Youth Dance Company to embed these principles in local programmes and evaluation frameworks.
Examples of our work include
- Society of Chief Librarians Digital Leadership Course
- Wirral Council Library Review
- Arts Council England – Supporting Bridge Organisations