There are a number of self-assessment tools to help local authorities evaluate the range, quality and value of the services they provide

The Culture & Sport Improvement Toolkit was developed to provide a more coherent approach and offers a single tool to support self-assessment and self-improvement across the culture and sport sector.  It was rolled out nationally in 2008 along with a range of external challenge processes including peer review, validation and peer supported improvement.

Other self-assessment approaches include

Towards an Excellent Service (TAES) - TAES was originally developed to improve performance management in sport and recreation services.  It has now been superseded by the culture and sport improvement toolkit.  However a version has now been developed specifically for the parks and open spaces sector.

Inspiring Learning for All - Developed by MLA the aim of Inspiring Learning for All is to help museums, libraries and archives transform the way they deliver and engage users in learning.  The self-help framework seeks to provide evidence of the impact of activities through the generic learning and generic social outcomes and improve strategic and operational performance.

The Culture & Sport Planning Toolkit  is a practical source of information and advice for practitioners involved in planning for culture and sport. It aims to provide greater consistency in how planning authorities assess the need for culture and sport and build this into their plans. The tool sets out the minimum infrastructure provision based on per head of local population.