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Understanding the difference culture makes

We are building a shared understanding of the differences that arts, culture, heritage and screen make to people’s lives and to society. We want cultural policy and practice to be based on rigorous research and evaluation of what works and what needs to change.

Aesop Arts & Health conference, Southbank Centre. Photo: Helen Murray
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Working together

We invite you to join a movement to help us better understand the role that culture plays in our lives. You might be thinking about how you can better evaluate the impact of your work, or how you can use research insights and critical reflection in your practice. Keep in touch to hear about resources, events and opportunities to shape our research and get involved.

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Orchestras Live, The Lost Letters with Britten Sinfonia at Saffron Hall. Photo: Paul Bellany

The E word – why we’re talking about evaluation

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To mark the launch of our co-created Evaluation principles, Ben Walmsley, Anne Torregiani and Oliver Mantell share the essence of the principles and explain why co-creation was central to their development.
Embracing evaluation for the right reasons
 

Embracing evaluation for the right reasons

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To coincide with the launch of our co-created evaluation principles, Holly Donagh from the Paul Hamlyn Foundation shares a funder's perspective on what more can be done to support evaluation in the cultural sector.
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Who Are Ya? Tate Exchange. Dan Weill Photography

A UK first – evaluation principles for the culture sector

News
Dr Beatriz Garcia sets the launch of our co-created evaluation principles in a global context and explains the value for the cultural sector.
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How to… fail well

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Owning and admitting openly to failure can be uncomfortable. But what do we mean by failure, and how can we change our perspective away from things 'going wrong' to genuinely learn and reflect? This how-to guide will help cultural organisations not only to recognise failure, but to do it well ...
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Photo: Unsplash

How to… find existing research

Guide/tools
In this practical how to guide Dr Robyn Dowlen explains how to search for research that is relevant to your evaluation project, and where to look ...
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Photo: Hayley Rivera, Unsplash

My essential reads: the value of group singing

Essential reads
In her essential reads, Dr Yoon Irons shares her top articles on the value of singing groups for community group singing practitioners and anyone interested in working in this field ...
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Visitors to exhibitions at British Library St Pancras, Photo: David Jensen

Digital hybridity: a deep dive from our Covid-19 participation monitor

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How are different types of audiences responding to the new ways of engaging with culture that have emerged over the last 18 months? And what does the future of digital or 'hybrid' engagement look like? As the sector begins to cautiously reopen, questions remain around audience appetite for continued digital ...

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