Powerful Partnerships Resource List

The full annotated list of resources

This list provides full references for the resources currently in the Powerful Partnerships Resource Library, categorised by title with a brief description in each case.


Arts Award benefits

Trinity (2013). For the London Cultural Education Challenge

This presentation outlines how the Arts Award programme for young people can benefit the needs of a Cultural Education Partnership programme. Other strategic partnerships will also find this guide useful.

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Asset and Resources mapping

Innovation Unit (2013). For the Connected London Programme.

What assets have been underexploited? Who can offer new and different resources? A mapping tool to explore physical and environmental assets, intangible, social and online assets.

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Caring for Cultural Freedom: An Ecological Approach to Supporting Cultural Learning

Dr N Wilson and Dr J Gross (King’s College London) with A New Direction (2017).

This research creates the frame of our CEP approach for London. The report puts forward a new model for supporting cultural learning, in which the supported autonomy of young people is a central goal.

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Connected London: A guide for area leaders

Innovation Unit (2014). For the Connected London Programme.

Publication of models and case studies created in 2014. This set of examples from across London provides a guide for local leaders, for strategically supporting the cultural education of young Londoners.

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Developing Partnerships: 10 questions for cultural learning partnerships

Dr N Wilson and Dr J Gross (King’s College London) (2017).

A set of 10 indicative questions for people to ask themselves, with young people and their carers, when seeking to develop partnerships in support of cultural learning. Developed following the report, Caring for Cultural Freedom.

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Evaluation in Participatory Arts Programmes

A New Direction (2017). For the Creative People and Places Programme.

A compendium of example evaluation approaches and alternative methods from across Creative People and Places. This may support your development of impact measures and evaluation approaches as you develop your programmes.

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Governance and Consortium Working

Catherine Bunting and Tom Fleming (2015). For the Creative People and Places programme.

This report explores the models, strengths and challenges of consortium working - an inherent part of the Creative People and Places programme. Includes guidance on partnership and consortium development in similar multi-agency contexts.

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Harnessing young people’s voices in powerful partnerships

Lawrence Becko (2018). For the Connected London programme.

A succinct summary of information and background literature to help partnerships better involve and include young people’s voices in the development of programmes. Includes tips for embedding youth voice.

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Inspirational Cultural Programmes

The Innovation Unit (2013). For the Connected London Programme.

A series of 32 examples of Inspirational Cultural Programmes from around the world, developed for those embarking on new Cultural Education Partnerships to identify new solutions for their own localities.

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Inspirational Examples of Practice

A New Direction (2018).

A series of exemplar initiatives and models that cut across themes of partnership work, place-level programmes, cultural entitlement and school programmes.

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Internal Communications

A New Direction (2018).

A list of useful tools to help strengthen working relationships and internal communications.

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Models of governance across London’s Cultural Education Partnerships

A New Direction (2018). For Local Cultural Education Partnerships.

An overview of some emerging models of governance across London’s Cultural Education Partnerships to date. The sorts of roles and responsibilities that we have observed round the table.

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Power Up

Chrissie Tiller (2017). For the Creative People and Places programme.

This insightful think-piece, explores ten principles of power when sharing decisions with participants as observed across Creative People and Places. Read and reflect on your own values and processes for engaging young people, teachers and parents.

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Powerful partnerships doing joint work of value

Convey (2016). For the Connected London Programme.

A set of four international case studies that describe exemplary partnership practices from other sectors and businesses. These exemplars articulate alternative approaches to connecting up different work and agendas.

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Powerful Partnerships Framework

Convey with AND (2016). For the Connected London programme.

An outline of a powerful approach to strategic partnership working, including self-reflection activities and the complete set of 13 Powerful Partnerships ingredients that articulate the elements of working together for powerful outcomes for young people.

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Programme planning and prototyping

Innovation Unit (2013). For the Connected London programme.

A presentation and planning tool for prototyping your programme ideas. Prototyping ideas early in the development of your programme will allow you to test their feasibility and explore risks in advance. Always prototype with collaborators and participants.

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Radical Efficiency model

The Innovation Unit (2013). For the Connected London Programme.

Innovation Unit’s Radical Efficiency model is a powerful tool to enable local leaders to consider the full range of ways of progressing its work. This offers new thinking for design, delivery and resourcing.

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Shared Decision-Making Toolkit

Louise White of MB Associates (2017). For the Creative People and Places programme.

This practical toolkit explores models of sharing the power of decisions, developed across Creative People and Places. This will support you as you think through different ways of engaging people in programme level decisions.

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Stakeholder Engagement

Innovation Unit (2013). For the Connected London programme.

This grid tool is a useful reference when identifying different types of stakeholders. You may find this tool supports you as you consider the right approaches to engage blockers, opponents, followers and advocates.

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Stakeholder Mapping

Innovation Unit (2013). For the Connected London programme.

Use this tool to explore strategic relationships as a foundation for choosing partners. Place potential partners in the grid to see the extent to which they can offer resources, power, influence.

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Steps to engaging users and communities

Innovation Unit (2013). For the Connected London Programme.

Use this set of prompts to identify approaches to conducting local research that engages potential service users, beneficiaries and participants.

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Strategy roadmap elements

Innovation Unit (2013). For the Connected London Programme.

This tool contains a brief description of the sixteen elements you might consider as you develop your cultural education strategy. How would you use these elements in your roadmap for change?

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Support for effective consortium governance: A report of extracts and wider learning

Catherine Bunting and Tom Fleming (2015). For the Creative People and Places programme.

Extracted from Governance and Consortium Working for CPP, this checklist includes 10 key milestones for a consortium detailing the steps and arrangements for effective governance. The researchers also developed a self-reflective exercise to assess the effectiveness of the overall collaboration.

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Vision Workshop activity

Innovation Unit (2013). For the Connected London Programme.

This tool aims to help articulate a vision for what a partnership is trying to achieve. This activity should be run with project partners collectively to develop and agree a shared vision.

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Wicked Problems and Mess Maps

Alchemy (2015). For the London Cultural Education Challenge.

This tool includes an outline of ‘Wicked problems’ and uses them as steps to identifying and understanding the local challenges using a mess map.

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