The state Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries has released a new report: Social Impacts of Culture and the Arts WA.
Artistic and cultural organisations are increasingly being required to justify the funding they receive through the direct benefits associated with their activities. This poses a challenge for the arts community as their primary drivers are not necessarily quantifiable (e.g. the delivery of high-quality artistic experiences, provoking thought or developing artistic ability).
This Social Impact study identifies and quantifies social benefits in the broader community that are generated through participation or attendance at artistic and cultural activities.
The Social Impacts of Culture and the Arts report and its application are part of the further development of the overall Public Value Measurement model. The report contains a literature review identifying positive social impacts linked to artistic and cultural activities and has found there are social impacts that can be measured. The focus lies on three main areas of social impacts: health, education and social capital.
Read the full report