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Culture and Sport Evidence programme (CASE) Culture and sport physical asset mapping toolkit

The CASE Culture and sport physical asset mapping toolkit is now available to use. TBR and the Cities Institute were commissioned to produce a toolkit to guide data collection activities undertaken by public-sector bodies and other stakeholders. The toolkit provides a systematic and standardised approach to the collection and description of cultural and sporting assets. This is to facilitate local area mapping of assets by providing consistency with other data sources and to aid comparison and understanding.

The toolkit consists of a report document providing policy background, best practice guidelines, and details behind how definitions were created for Cultural and Sporting (C&S) physical assets. The toolkit also contains a worksheet containing the data source for each individual breakdown (and where the data source is located), as well as inventories attributed to each particular facility (available from the data source). The toolkit has clear definitional guidelines supported by the production of decision trees to assist users in areas where ‘grey’ areas remain. The worksheet also contains a number of templates, to allow local authorities; planners etc. to populate their own systems with asset data they hold (e.g. from their own fieldwork or administrative sources), in a format which is consistent with the agreed framework for each particular asset. This would allow for nationally comparisons if all of this local information was amalgamated in one central depository.

The Toolkit can be used for the following purposes:

· Mapping C&S physical assets
· Understanding the policy context of C&S asset mapping
· Saving time and resources in understanding the C&S environment
· Defining C&S physical assets
· Preparing for and planning a mapping project
· Accessing information to be used in the mapping process
· Understanding what additional information could be used in the mapping process
· Storing information on assets within an accessible framework
· Identifying, collecting, accessing and incorporating different data sources into the mapping process
· Visualising and sharing the mapping process
· Evaluating and maintaining the mapping process

The toolkit is available at: http://www.culture.gov.uk/what_we_do/research_and_statistics/7290.aspx#Culture