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Young people and the arts: lessons from 50 years of arts policy

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Some of the lessons from this retrospective focus are:

  • That historical precedents should be analysed and insights incorporated into the policy development process.
  • That restructuring organisations such as the Arts Council can lead to loss of institutional memory, and of valuable insight and experience.
  • That longitudinal evaluation is vital to capture the impact of engagement in later life and to measure the relative efficacy of initiatives.
  • Finally, that the Arts Council archives are a hugely valuable, and largely untapped, resource.

Deborah Bull, The Guardian, 15 January 2015.

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