Performance indicators: measuring the contribution of culture and sport to older people
These are suggestions of how to measure the contribution of culture and sport to better outcomes for older people.
Not all 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.
Overarching strategic outcomes
These are high-level non-cultural or -sport indicators that you want to demonstrate, and can evidence, 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.
- Health related quality of life for older people
- Older people's perceptions of community safety
- Mortality from causes considered preventable
- Self-reported wellbeing ( based on seven-point scale of mental wellbeing)
- Percentage of older people:
- who feel the contribution they make to their local community is valued
- who feel a sense of belonging in their local community
- who express difficulty in finding information about or accessing local services
- with long-term conditions feeling supported to be independent and manage their condition
- using social care who have control over their daily life
- using social care who receive self-directed support
- suffering fragility fractures who recover to their previous levels of mobility or walking ability at 120 days
- who feel they are treated with dignity and respect
- Admissions to residential care homes, per 1,000 population
- Social care-related quality of life
- Acute hospital admissions as a result of falls or falls injuries for over-65s.
Some of these indicators are drawn from the Public Health Outcomes Framework or other non-council data sources.
Intermediate outcome indicators
These should include indicators that reflect the specific contribution of culture and sport to the intermediate outcomes.
- Falls and injuries in the over-65s
- Hip fractures in the over-65s
- Excess winter deaths
- Percentage of older people who agree that participation in a culture or sport project, activity or event has:
- made them more likely to take part in sport or physical activity or lead a more active lifestyle
- helped them feel healthier, stronger, fitter or happier
- helped them increase their understanding of how to improve their health or get the support they need
- helped them engage in formal or informal learning, or get into or stay in training or employment
- helped them get more involved in community activities or volunteering
- helped them meet and mix with local people or make them feel part of their community.
- Actual health benefits for older people resulting from participation (for example, improved mobility, reduced falls and so on).
Intermediate outcome indicators may also include non-cultural or -sporting indicators that are short- to medium-term ‘proxy' measures for the overarching strategic outcomes.
- Percentage of older people participating in regular volunteering.
Service outcome indicators
These are indicators specific to culture and sport.
Examples include percentage of older people:
- regularly participating in culture or sport
- regularly volunteering in culture and sport
- participating in formal or informal culture and sport learning opportunities who achieve accreditations or qualifications
- satisfied with culture and sport provision in their local area
- who agree they have influenced culture and sport provision in their area
- who agree that participation in a culture or sport project, activity or event has been fun.
Where possible, indicators should be broken down further, for example, by geographic area or target wards or by specific groups, such as older people with specific health conditions or other disadvantaged or vulnerable groups. They can also be broken down to differentiate in-house, commissioned or external provision.
Service output indicators
These indicators are also specific to culture and sport.
- Number of older people:
- participating in cultural and sport activities, project or events
- participating in cultural and sport outreach activities
- regularly volunteering in culture and sport
- participating in organised informal cultural and sport learning activities
- gaining a recognised culture or sport accreditation or qualification
- participating in or completing health-related cultural and sport or physical activity programmes (for example, falls prevention programmes, exercise referral programmes and so on).
- Percentage of older users satisfied with specific culture and sport facilities, services or events
- 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, such as older people with specific health conditions or disadvantaged or vulnerable groups. They can also be broken down to differentiate in-house, commissioned or external provision.
Page updated May 2012.
27 June 2012