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A vision for culture in Scotland

1. What is your view of the Vision as set out above?

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2. If you have any further comments on the Vision, please provide them below. What do you like, or dislike, or what would you change?

If you have any further comments on the Vision, please provide them below. What do you like, or dislike, or what would you change?
Broadly support and certainly support the aspiration that everyone benefits from the transformative power of culture. However, the strategy is limited by it's decision not to offer any form of definition of culture. Whilst a challenge to find an agreeable definition of culture, the strategy and its vision and aims would benefit significantly from a framework/set of parameters that set out what culture is (in terms of the strategy). The section about 'tangible' intangible' strategy and the forms in which people engage in culture start to do this (which is helpful) but is at odds with the direct statement that the strategy will not offer a definition of culture.

Transforming through culture

3. What is your view of the ambition, ‘Transforming through culture’?

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4. If you have further comments on the ambition, ‘Transforming through culture’, please provide them below. What do you like, or dislike, or what would you change?

If you have further comments on the ambition, ‘Transforming through culture’, please provide them below. What do you like, or dislike, or what would you change?
Broadly support. Absolutely agree with concept of culture's transformative potential. Wording sets out the ambition to "recognise" culture and creativity ... Question is therefore 'recognised' by who and to what end. For those involved in the consultation, likely that we share this recognition as active stakeholders. However, if the ambition is to get this recognition from other audiences (which would suggest is what is required) then the ambition needs to set out more clearly on the audience and purpose of the ambition.

5. Please provide comments on the aims and actions under this ambition. What do you like, or dislike, or what would you change?

Please provide comments on the aims and actions under this ambition. What do you like, or dislike, or what would you change?
The aims and actions are very vague. It would be beneficial to consider: - young people and how to engage them in transformational power of culture - how culture and technology together can have a transformative role - offering examples of how culture is being used to address physical, mental health and community needs during times of austerity. Great opportunity to showcase live examples (currently just reads as rhetoric that could benefit from being brought to life) - ambition to pull together culture in to all policy areas (great ambition) - to do this a clear in road and evidence of impact needed

Empowering through culture

6. What is your view of the ambition, ‘Empowering through culture’?

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7. If you have further comments on the ambition, ‘Empowering through culture’ please provide them below. What do you like, or dislike, or what would you change?

If you have further comments on the ambition, ‘Empowering through culture’ please provide them below. What do you like, or dislike, or what would you change?
This ambition, whilst well intended, reads as patronising/as though the 'control' sits with someone who can 'open up and extend' culture to those who 'current don't have it' (so to speak) and yet, the strategy very clearly says elsewhere that culture is born out of people, their communities, their need and want to belong and should not, therefore, be pitched in the strategy as being 'opened up' to individuals/communities who may not (be perceived) to be engaging in cultural activities (but this goes back to the lack of definition of what is(n't) culture). The ambition reads as though 'people would be done to' - sure this is not the intention so perhaps some reflection and rewording on this

8. Please provide comments on the aims and actions under this ambition. What do you like, or dislike, or what would you change?

Please provide comments on the aims and actions under this ambition. What do you like, or dislike, or what would you change?
Earlier in the strategy the framework of 'preservation', 'promotion' and 'development' are referenced - these are helpful for the reader to get a frame of reference for what/how communities would/could be empowered. Perhaps the aims could build on this framework? The 3rd aim ("recognise the importance of each community's own local culture...") reads more coherently with the intention to 'empower' - use more of this to get the ambition and other aims to lead in less patronising way

Sustaining culture

9. What is your view of the ambition, ‘Sustaining culture’?

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10. If you have further comments on the ambition, ‘Sustaining culture’ please provide them below. What do you like, or dislike, or what would you change?

If you have further comments on the ambition, ‘Sustaining culture’ please provide them below. What do you like, or dislike, or what would you change?
The wording of the ambition is not clear. (had to read number of times and still not fully understanding what setting out to achieve) Agree with the principles / broader intentions of the ambition to sustain and nurture culture (and realise there needs to be some caveats around economic challenges (or does there?) Caveating the ambition with economic limitations suggests we think the ambition is likely to fail so is the strategy really bold or not

11. Please provide comments on the aims and actions under this ambition. What do you like, or dislike, or what would you change?

Please provide comments on the aims and actions under this ambition. What do you like, or dislike, or what would you change?
Aim 1 - Will SG take a lead on determining new funding models? (some of the detailed questions inevitably come out during consultation and this is where the attention goes) Emphasise/include the needs for (positive) experiences Action 1 and 2: Need to emphasise 'experience' as much as 'conditions and skills' - we need experienced (and those with positive and sustained experience) to engage in culture not just professional skills. Aims and actions would all benefit from considering the need for audiences as much as practitioners. Engaging new and emerging audiences and offering opportunities to participate. Wording just now (skills, leadership, innovation) indicates more formalised/professional/practitioner engagement - for culture sustainability, audience engagement and development is crucial.

Delivering A Culture Strategy for Scotland

12. Please provide details of any examples of good work and best practice, from Scotland or internationally, that you think could be included in the final strategy? We are interested in a range of different approaches.

Please provide details of any examples of good work and best practice, from Scotland or internationally, that you think could be included in the final strategy? We are interested in a range of different approaches.
CABN - facilitated by professionals but grown and sustained by the sector. Network and advocates now leading in and for the sector. Innovative use of libraries (Scandinavian countries with retail models and overnight stay in libraries, using as cultural hubs etc) Places and spaces to exhibit and perform - showcasing in places visible and exposing to new audiences. New Blood programme involving young people who have gone to School, College and in to work over number of years - to give inspiration and evidence pathways and progress in to work in the creative sector. Partnership across trust, college, schools Digital platform use - taking culture to new audiences through digital medium(s) - Alchemy as an example. Festival as platform to take to public spaces - Aberdeen SPECTR festival

13. What can you or your organisation do to support the vision, aims, ambitions and actions of the strategy?

What can you or your organisation do to support the vision, aims, ambitions
Our organisation is engaged the development of the strategy through employees and sector representatives reading and discussing and feeding back to the consultation events. We will continue to engage in this way and offer honest input/feedback and support the dissemination of the strategy. Once the final strategy is shared, we will be better placed to determine what actions we can focus on as a Trust to define and contribute to sustainable culture in the Scottish Borders. Just now, the aims and actions of the strategy largely sit at Government level. Working to support a national strategy with local priorities/needs and declining funding will need to be managed appropriately and the strategy will be a reference point for us in navigating this. Using culture to improve physical health, mental health and community resilience are key priorities and areas we are engaged with local authority, NHS, H&SCP etc on this. The more the strategy aligns to these, the more the Trust will be in a position to support the strategy in its ambitions.

14. What do you think success for the strategy will look like?

What do you think success for the strategy will look like?
The scope of culture to deliver real and impactful difference to areas of need (e.g. austerity, health and wellbeing, social/rural isolation, declining resources) needs to be evidenced within the timeframe of this strategy (not just through engaging academics, but from and within the sector - similar to how SPORTA engage Trusts from across Scotland to evidence the impact of physical activity on health - let's learn from this sector experience) i.e. capture case studies, real stats (consistently across areas), models of best practice (avoiding duplication of time and effort in R&D/trial and error) Create a climate for aspiration and feedback, innovation and ambition across the sector - motivate and deliver programmes quickly so that people get a sense that 'this is what the strategy is saying, and this is what is happening' (not just a strategy and in X years we will see a report) Parity between urban and rural investment in culture Delivering real impact for residents and visitors to areas - not just in the central belt. Culture being seen as a broad and all-engaging way for us to get a sense of how we are in Scotland and how we celebrate our similarities and differences.

Monitoring the Impact of the Strategy

15. What is your view of the proposed approach to monitoring and evaluating the strategy set out in section 5?

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16. If you have further comments on the proposed monitoring and evaluation approach, please provide them below.

If you have further comments on the proposed monitoring and evaluation approach, please provide them below.
How can you possibly measure something that the strategy explicitly says it will not define??? The outcome is not currently written as a measurable outcome - this would need to change (Evaluation Support Scotland could help here?) The National Performance Framework is referenced in the narrative but is not clearly stated - difficult for the reader to put this all together in their own mind Use of infographics would be helpful. Strategy refers to number of stats/measures which start to give a sense of scale, reach, performance - more visual representation and showing the ambition in this same format would be helpful Don't overly rely on academics. Academic interpretation/input may be helpful but is not all defining. We live in the real world. The input of other agencies ' What Works' etc would be worth including. How will the measures reflect / learn from other sectors (e.g. Trusts already measuring against health and wellbeing via sport/physical activity - for best use of resources and learning to date, can this be built on for culture rather than developed in isolation?) Recognition that some things are so soft that they can arguably not be measured ... would we happiness index? What is it we are measuring - culture engagement makes us happy? But how much of our happiness is attributable to cultural engagement?? (sorry... know it's not easy but worth posing at consultation stage)

Other comments

17. Please use this section to provide any other comments that you wish to share about the strategy.

Please use this section to provide any other comments that you wish to share about the strategy.
Use graphics and images as much as possible Be bold and define strategy (!) Clarify from outset who the audience of culture is and what the purpose of culture is and what mediums of culture are used/changing Use a consistent framework of reference e.g. Preserve, Promote, Develop and/or Mental Health, Physical Health, Community Resilience to set out the ambitions, aims and actions Timescales and details of actions (or would this follow strategy as action plan?) Young people? Ageing population? Demographic reflections / intergenerational requirements

Impact Assessments

18. Do you think the partial Equality Impact Assessment has identified where the strategy might impact on people differently depending on characteristics such as age, disability, gender, race, religion or belief, sexual orientation or gender identity?

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20. Do you think the partial Children’s Rights and Welfare Impact Assessment sets out how the proposals presented in the strategy might impact on the rights and welfare of children?

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22. How do you think this strategy might impact upon people on low incomes, people living in deprived areas, people in material deprivation, people with no / or low wealth and people from different socio-economic backgrounds? Please provide comments below.

How do you think this strategy might impact upon people on low incomes, people living in deprived areas, people in material deprivation, people with no / or low wealth and people from different socio-economic backgrounds? Please provide comments below.
In reality, if people are dealing with not able to get food on table/deal with damp in their house, clearly culture and investment in culture will be influenced by this perspective. That said, culture does and should have a role to enrich the lives of all but doing this in a way that engages rather than divides is very challenging (from Government level through to local delivery). Using the strategy to articulate what will actually be delivered to address physical, mental and social health and well being will help bridge this challenge.

23. Do you think the partial Business and Regulatory Impact Assessment identifies how the proposals presented in the Strategy might impact on businesses, the third (voluntary) sector or have any regulatory impact?

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24. If you have further comments on the Business and Regulatory Impact Assessment, please provide them below. For example, what would you add or change?

If you have further comments on the Business and Regulatory Impact Assessment, please provide them below. For example, what would you add or change?
Answering this from registered charity, delivering services locally, getting one strategy to address varying needs across businesses/services in different sectors is significantly challenging. Funding and sustainable models of delivery, including longer-term funding agreements (at reducing rates) is likely to be helpful. Encouraging enterprise and growth of new business-to-business arrangements would be welcome

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