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Black Dog: Okre funded George Jaques' film

Entertainment charity Okre is inviting commissioners, producers, editors and others to share their thoughts on the social impact of the creative arts.

The charity, which hosts an industry network and funds socially-conscious projects uch as film Black Dog (above), has launched a survey of social impact that seeks to define and measure social impact.

Contributors are asked to say whether they look at this impact in terms of raising awareness, behavioural change, informing and educating, or structural change such as informing public policy.

The survey also encourages respondents to look at what social impact means to them, from mental health and wellbeing to diversity, equity and inclusion, or LGBTQ+ rights, and from environment, climate and sustainability to migration or poverty and deprivation.

In addressing organisation's social impact strategies, the report will seek to ascertain the challenges for measuring its impact, from budgetary and resource shortages to the myriad means of assessing any work towards such goals.

The research has been commissioned by the charity’s Entertainment Industry Taskforce, whose members span the BBC, ITV, Netflix, Amazon Studios, Sky, Snap and Spotify.

Set up in 2021 as a spin-off from Wellcome’s broadcast, film and games team, Okre has an advisory board that includes Kate Townsend, director of Netflix original documentaries; I May Destroy You creator and star Michaela Coel; and ScreenCraft Works co-director Elizabeth McIntyre.

All participants will receive a copy of the report, which is being compiled by research and strategy consultancy MTM.

Have your say by completing the survey here

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