At Counting What Counts we’ve been busy preparing for the launch of the Impact & Insight Toolkit and are excited to begin our partnership with the 347 ACE funded organisations that have registered for the Toolkit, including 71 Band 1 organisations.

Since the start of the year, we have run 16 NPO induction sessions across the country, in Bristol, Birmingham, Manchester, London and Newcastle. The sessions were attended by a total of 309 people from NPOs.

We have also held 6 opening meetings of the Strategic Development Strand, collecting input from the 136 NPOs that have volunteered to contribute to the Toolkit’s development. We’re grateful to everyone from across the country who gave their time to participate. Our aim is to ensure the Portfolio’s rich knowledge base shapes the Toolkit in a way that best serves the needs of NPOs. Together we have framed the following key workstreams that will be focal points for our work with NPOs in the months ahead:

  • Peer Review
  • Touring
  • Toolkit / Audience Finder
  • Data Analysis & Use
  • Diversity & Access
  • Building Capacity & Support
  • Development of the Metrics

We are currently analysing the task lists under each workstream and planning how we can best facilitate the work over the next 12 months.

As NPO users begin implementing the Toolkit we will be offering support in a variety of ways. We have produced a set of key guidance materials (User Guide; Platform Guide; Evaluation Checklist). Along with support videos, these can be found on the ‘Support’ page of this portal site.

We’ll be releasing more support documents in the weeks to come, as well as hosting thematic webinars. If there’s a topic you’d like addressed in the webinar series, we are happy to accept requests through our support channels. Online demonstrations will continue to run, allowing future users and staff the opportunity to familiarise themselves with the Culture Counts platform. Please follow us on Twitter for alerts on all of the above, or check the Events page for listings of all our upcoming sessions.

Get in touch with us if there’s anything you need.

We look forward to working with you.


Photo credit: Simone Topel, Bjarke Ingels’ Serpentine Pavilion, 2016.