This report outlines findings and makes recommendations from the Public Policy Southampton funded project, Cultural strategies, compacts and futures: The role of local government in connecting culture with place, health and the environment. The project team of Professor Dan Ashton and Makanani Bell were based in the Faculty of Arts and Humanities at the University of Southampton. The project was developed in partnership with the Southern Policy Centre and ran from January to June 2023.

This project aimed to understand how local government can effectively position culture in relation to priority issues such as place, health and the environment. As the project developed, a wider set of findings emerged exploring how cultural strategy documents are created, updated and shared. As such, the recommendations in this report focus on and suggest changes in the practice of commissioning and creating cultural strategies. The recommendations are relevant for any organisation (local authorities, culture trusts, Cultural Compacts, etc.) as they approach commissioning and creating cultural strategies and/or reflect on their continued purpose and value.

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