DCMS Inquiry: Social impact of participation in culture and sport

The DCMS Select Committee is currently inquiring into the societal impact of participation in culture and sport. CVAN will be submitting evidence to the Inquiry and it is important that the evidence we submit is regionally balanced. There is very little time for CVAN to consult with the regions so we are urgently calling for relevant arguments strongly supported by clear evidence in the form of case studies. Closing date: 18 February 2018

Background: The Culture and Sport Evidence (CASE) programme led by DCMS began investigating econometric models to investigate the sport and culture ecosystem from 2003-2013, reporting in 2015: The Social Impacts of Engagement with Culture and Sport. The study focused on the role of culture in placemaking and found a positive relationship between investment in culture, heritage, and sport and the general wellbeing of a community. A strong cultural sector also helps retain business and to concentrate economic activity to an area. However, the research also identified a number of areas where there was insufficient evidence. 

Terms of Reference: This new inquiry by the DCMS Select Committee will focus on five major themes, taking evidence on social mobility, health, crime reduction, education, community engagement and diversity. The legacy of the Olympics may also be considered as part of the inquiry. The Committee is keen to hear about specific case studies of success and there is a particular concern to 'join up' work in different government departments and to extend the reach and influence of successful work by cultural organisations and institutions. These are the questions the DCMS would like to answer:

  1. Which programmes best demonstrate the positive social impact that participating in sport and culture can have on the five central themes of this inquiry? 
  2. How can access to cultural and sporting professions be improved to enable greater diversity? How can the Government build a pipeline of talent? 
  3. Why has the Government not co-ordinated its efforts more effectively? 
  4. Where are the examples of departmental best practice and how could it be shared? 
  5. Has the sport sector been better for social mobility than the arts? If so, why? 
  6. How can museums, galleries and other cultural venues boost access and social impact? 

Our response: CVAN can play a key role in bringing the visual arts sector together to become more effective and influential as well as amplifying our successes as a sector. We would like to take this opportunity to address some of the gaps identified in the 2015 report and to showcase relevant success stories from our regional networks. 

How to participate: If you have a case study which can help contribute an evidenced argument to the key questions raised by the inquiry, or have some questions of your own, please approach your regional coordinator, tweet @cybergazz. Regional coordinators can also participate via the #policy channel on CVAN's Slack workspace. Please bear in mind that CVAN's response must be uploaded as a concise, single document and will consist of clear arguments for positive change supported by links to evidentiary case studies from our network. A draft of CVAN's response will be also be made available to CVAN's chairs and coordinators in advance of submission for comment through the Slack #policy channel.