Performance indicators: measuring the contribution of culture and sport to the environment

These are suggestions of how to measure the contribution of culture and sport to better environmental outcomes.

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 outcome indicators

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.

Examples include:

  • Percentage of local sites where positive conservation management is being achieve
  • CO2 emissions from local authority own estate and operations
  • Air quality
  • Life years lost from air pollution
  • Proportion of:
    - urban trips under 5 miles taken by walking or cycling, or by public transport
    - households with good transport access to key services or work.

Intermediate outcome indicators

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 culture and sport projects, activities or events have encouraged them to walk or cycle or take alternative methods of transport other than car 
  • participants who agree that culture and sport projects, activities or events have encouraged them to be more aware of their impact on the environment, to reduce, reuse and recycle, respect the natural environment or minimise the natural resources they use
  • participants who agree that culture and sport projects, activities or events have increased their awareness of the local biodiversity
  • residents satisfied with their built environment
  • tourists who include the local natural and built environment among their reasons for visiting the area.

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: 
    - young people and adults participating in regular volunteering
    - residents who agree they have more influence on shaping where they live
  • Mode of travel to school
  • Access and utilisation of green space.

Service outcome indicators

These are indicators specific to culture and sport.

Examples include percentage of: 

  • users satisfied with culture and sport provision in their local area
  • culture and sport facilities and services achieving nationally or internationally recognised design or environmental sustainability awards
  • residents who agree that culture and sport activities have increased their understanding of the local heritage
  • users who have walked or cycled to culture and sport provision
  • the population living within an 'x' mile radius of specific facilities
  • conservation areas with an up-to-date (within the last five years) character appraisal
  • residents regularly engaged as heritage volunteers
  • CO2 reductions from culture and sport provision.

Where possible, indicators should be broken down further, for example, by geographic area or target wards or by specific groups, such as different age groups or 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.

Examples include:

  • Percentage of users satisfied with specific culture and sport facilities, services or events
  • Energy efficiency ratings of culture and sport facilities
  • Tonnes of CO2 saved from culture and sport facilities
  • Amount of heritage at risk
  • Net expenditure on culture and sport provision per head of population.
  • Number of:
    - new culture and sport buildings receiving design awards
    - parks and beaches with Green and Blue Flag status
    - registered nature reserves
    - conservation area appraisals undertaken
    - historic buildings brought back into use
    - residents regularly engaged as heritage volunteers.

Where possible, indicators should be broken down further, for example, by geographic area or target wards or by specific groups, such as different age groups 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

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