This is the third in a suite of documents that supports a response to some of the key developments facing the cultural sector – in particular local government and wider partners. We have directed a lot of attention towards Local Area Agreements (LAAs) with our first two advice documents published in December 2007 and May 2008. They both directed the sector’s attention towards securing cultural content within LAAs, through designated culture or sport indicators and a broader alignment of cultural themes to other delivery areas. We should now be looking at this previous advice within the context of the new regime facing local strategic partnerships as reflected in the CAA methodology.
As an improvement partnership, we saw the significance of CAA early and dedicated a whole CIPEM best practice event to this subject in May this year. Many of the event’s outcomes have been used to inform this guidance. This material demonstrates how important CAA is to CIPEM – especially in securing a strong engagement from our local authority colleagues. We would encourage you to use this guidance in tandem with the range of support available from the Audit Commission.
Comprehensive Area Assessment (CAA) is a new way of assessing local public services in England . It examines how well councils are working together with other public bodies to meet the needs of the people they serve. It’s a joint assessment made by a group of independent watchdogs about the performance of local public services, and how likely they are to meet local priorities.
CAA is area based and focused on outcomes delivered by councils, either by the council on its own or in partnership. It will not only look at how councils perform, but also look more widely across local public services and focus on how well people are being served by their local public services working together – not just how individual bodies perform. CAA will focus on outcomes now and in the future, not just current or past performance. CAA looks at a number of things, including the strength of local economies and labour markets, affordable housing, children’s wellbeing, crime and safety, support for individuals to improve their health, provision for the vulnerable, and the quality of the local environment.
Editor's comments - [ This document from the Cultural Improvement Partnership East Midlands (CIPEM) focuses on preparations and engagement with the Comprehensive Area Assessment (CAA) regime. The aim is to put culture and sport sector managers, on the front foot and maximise the scope of the sector to enhance services for the benefit of East Midlands communities. ] Reference this?Cryer, J. (Year). This page title in italics. Retrieved date, from <this page's full URL>
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Reference : CIP. (2009). Culture and Sport: Preparing for Comprehensive Area Assessment [East Midlands]. Leicester: Cultural Improvement Partnership
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