Performance indicators: measuring the contribution of culture and sport to safer communities

These are suggestions of how to measure the contribution of culture and sport to better outcomes for safer communities.

Not all of these suggestions will be relevant to your local outcomes. You should select a small number of indicators from across the different levels that together best measure the contribution of culture and sport to your service, intermediate and overarching strategic outcomes. You should draw on available data from existing sources within your local council and elsewhere wherever possible.

A step-by-step guide to selecting performance indicators

Overarching strategic outcomes

These are high-level, non-cultural or sport indicators that you want to demonstrate, and can evidence that culture and sport contribute towards. Your overarching strategic outcome indicators should reflect those found in high level documents that set out the overall responsibilities of your local council and its major partners.

Examples include:

  • Overall crime rates
  • Percentage of people who believe people from different backgrounds get on well together in their local area
  • Overall and or general satisfaction with the local area
  • Levels of anti-social behaviour
  • Percentage of juvenile offenders re-offending and frequency of re-offending per 100 offenders
  • Re-offending rate of prolific and other priority offenders
  • Number of first time entrants to the criminal justice system aged 10 to 17.

Some of these indicators may be drawn from non-council data sources.

These should include indicators that reflect the specific contribution of culture and sport to the intermediate outcomes.

Examples include percentage of participants who agree that:

  • participation in a culture or sport project, activity or event has helped make them feel integrated into their community
  • they have reduced their criminal and or anti-social behaviour, or are less likely to become involved in criminal and or anti-social behaviour, since participating in a culture or sport project, activity or event
  • participation in a culture or sport project, activity or event has helped improve their confidence, self-esteem, communication or social skills
  • improvements to culture or sport facilities or projects, activities or events have helped make their local area a safer place to live in
  • participation in a culture or sport project, activity or event has encouraged people to respect and trust each other or have more respect for their area
  • participation in a culture or sport project, activity or event has made them want to get more involved in community activities or volunteering.

Intermediate outcome indicators

Intermediate outcome indicators may also include non-cultural or sporting indicators that are short to medium term ‘proxy' measures for the overarching strategic outcomes.

Examples include:

  • Percentage of residents participating in social action and or regular volunteering 
  • Young offenders engagement in suitable education, employment and training
  • Percentage of young people  participating in positive activities
  • Number of people involved in the process of the production of neighbourhood plans
  • Social connectedness
  • Substance misuse by young people.

Service outcome indicators

These are indicators specific to culture and sport.

Examples include:

Percentage of residents:

  • regularly participating in culture and sport
  • regularly volunteering in culture and sport
  • participating in formal or informal culture and sport learning opportunities
  • gaining a recognised culture and sport accreditation or qualification
  • satisfied with culture and sport provision in their local area.

Where possible, indicators should be broken down further, for example, by geographic area or target wards or by specific groups, including different age groups or disadvantaged and or vulnerable groups. Indicators can also be broken down to differentiate in-house, commissioned or external provision.

Service output indicators

Examples include:

  • Number of young people who are at risk of offending:
    - participating in cultural and sport activities, project or events
    - participating in cultural and sport outreach activities
    - participating in organised informal cultural and sport learning activities
    - gaining a recognised culture or sport accreditation or qualification
    - engaged in regular volunteering in culture and sport.
  • Number of attendances or visits or participants in culture and sport (per 1,000 population)
  • Net expenditure on culture and sport provision per head of population.

Where possible, indicators should be broken down further, for example, by geographic area or target wards or by specific groups, including different age groups or disadvantaged and or vulnerable groups. Indicators can also be broken down to differentiate in-house, commissioned or external provision.


Page updated May 2012.

 

27 June 2012

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