What you need to do to deliver

This section is from the original Toolkit. Its principles, approaches and examples are still very relevant in the new landscape for planning, and should be read in conjunction with other up to date information and references presented in other sections. It sets out a 5-Stage Process. The main actions involved in each stage are indicated in the interactive chart on the right.

How to use this section

The guidance sets out a 5-stage process with actions and key points of consideration for practitioners. It has been created to cover cultural and sporting projects, policies or programmes of all types and size. When more detailed analysis is required, as signposted throughout the guidance, reference should be made to the further advice at the end of each stage.

Culture and sport planning is a continuous iterative process. Different activities and key players will relate to each other through the planning and development processes in varying ways. So this process has been set out to allow you the flexibility to access it and take respective actions at any point according to your circumstances.  

There is some overlap between actions within the key stages. In particular as part of the visioning process, assessing the cultural and sporting needs of communities may form a part of the evidence base. Similarly identifying risks, project viability and key monitoring indicators should be considered in the initial planning stages. 

Developing a shared vision

a. Engage and involve local communities
b. Define a shared vision for culture and sport

Building a local evidence base

a. Identify local needs
b. Audit local provision
c. Set relevant benchmarks.

Measuring progress and success  

a. Undertake annual monitoring and review