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Creative Place Awards Resources

Lewis Lighthouse (photo: Colin Cameron Photography)

Further Information and Useful Resources 

To help you in pulling your Creative Place Awards application together, we thought it would be useful to signpost you to some relevant information and online resources.

Below you’ll find a range of materials that will give you advice, case studies and more on subjects such as cultural tourism, place-making, regeneration, community leadership and more. The following list isn’t definitive, but we hope will be useful to all potential applicants.

Destination marketing, cultural tourism and general tourism statistics

Destination Development

Produced by Tourism Intelligence Scotland, this step-by-step guide aims to help places develop their offering as a tourism destination.

Tourism Intelligence Scotland – Intelligence Guide

A series of market information guides and practical advice on the tourism industry in Scotland.

Scottish Government – Tourism, Culture and Sports statistics

A selection of statistics, trends and data sources which provide more information on culture and tourism in Scotland. In addition, links to other sources of research (out with the Scottish Government) can be found here.

Tapping into Cultural Tourism

Arts Professional investigates how arts organisations can make the most of cultural tourism opportunities.

Cultural Tourism Toolkit

An American overview, developed by the Texas Commission for the Arts, on developing a cultural tourism approach.

Place making and regeneration information and resources

Architecture and Design Scotland

Architecture and Design Scotland (A+DS) is Scotland's champion for excellence in architecture, placemaking and planning. Across the site they carry lots of information on Smarter Places, Healthier Places, and features on all aspects of place making.

Artscape DIY – Creative Placemaking

Advice and resources from Artscape (a not-for-profit urban regeneration company) on creative place making in the community.

The Art of Regeneration

Arts Professional dedicates an entire issue – Issue 279 – to the role of arts and culture in regeneration, and the balance between artistic excellence and community involvement.

Greenspace Scotland – Community Placemaking

This charitable social enterprise works to help encourage ‘people places’ – places which involve the people who live in, and use, the spaces, in the planning and decision making.

Project for Public Spaces

Project for Public Spaces (PPS) is a US-based, nonprofit planning, design and educational organisation dedicated to helping people create and sustain public spaces that build stronger communities. Their website provides training resources and a place making blog, rounding up information on projects they’re involved in.

Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment (CABE) - Placemaking

Whilst CABE is no longer in existance, their web archive holds useful information and guidance about all aspects of place making.

Scottish Government – Built Environment and Place Making

Scottish Government policy information on Place Making, and a link to a briefing paper on ‘Participation in Place Making’ which aimed to bring together the built environment agendas of place making and design, with the community agendas of social enterprise, learning and empowerment.

SURF – Scotland’s Independent Regeneration Network

SURF works to increase the health and well-being of Scotland’s most disadvantaged communities through regeneration activity. Their Knowledge Centre contains resources and reports on various aspects of regeneration, and place making.

Planning, analysis and evaluation resources

SWOT Template

The Cultural Enterprise Office produce a range of useful resource and information materials, including guidance on planning and a template for doing your own SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, Threats) analysis.

Evaluation Support Scotland

This organisation works with third sector organisations and funding bodies to help them with the evaluation of their work.

Planning your event – a practical guide

Produced by EventScotland, this step-by-step guide helps planners to consider every stage of their event or activity from initial idea (and including an explanation of how to use a SWOT analysis) through to post event evaluation.

Social Return on Investment Network

This networking group try to help you calculate the wider social benefits of your activity, and therefore the social return you can expect for the work you do.

Community Engagement tools

VOICE is a free planning tool developed to help anyone involved in community engagement – giving you step-by-step guidance on how to analyse your community, plan your engagement activity, do it, and then review the process.

Other resources

How to be a Community Leader

This guide to community leadership was produced by the University of Kansas as part of their community toolbox.

Strengthening Cultural Leadership

The Clore Leadership programmes support individuals working in the arts and creative sectors to develop as cultural leaders.

Gaming and Gamification in Tourism

This handy guide presents best practice ideas for how to use games and gaming to create innovative products and services for the travel and tourism industry.