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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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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.

Covid-19: "The great unequaliser?"
 

Covid-19: “The great unequaliser?”

Event
Early evidence shows that Covid-19 is exacerbating existing inequalities in the cultural sector. Is the pandemic the catalyst the sector needs to build a more equal future? What questions should we be asking and how can we accelerate the pace of change?
Impacts of Covid-19: a snapshot from the cultural sector
Tate Families, 20 Days. Photo: Rob Harris

Impacts of Covid-19: a snapshot from the cultural sector

News
Karen Gray and John Wright reflect on themes emerging from their case study research examining the impacts of Covid-19 on cultural sector organisations.
Culture-led funding or funding-led culture?
Photo: Joshua Hanson, Unsplash

Culture-led funding or funding-led culture?

News
Ben Walmsley and Emma McDowell reflect on what they’re hearing about the research, evaluation and policy needs of the cultural sector and why there's a need for profound shift in our shared understanding of evaluation practice.
How to... develop a research question
Photo: Emily Morter, Unsplash

How to… develop a research question

Guide/tools
Are there issues or challenges you face as an organisation? Are you or do you aspire to be a learning organisation? Could research help you develop a better understanding of the cultural value of your work? If you answer yes to any of these, this guide will help you develop ...
Webinar: How can we use research and evidence to influence policy change?
 

Webinar: How can we use research and evidence to influence policy change?

Webinars and films
This webinar offers learnings and insights on how to use evidence and research to influence policy change ...
Older female audience member in wheelchair dancing to music
Sinfonia Viva, Brentwood. Orchestras Live. Photo: Paul Starr, Essex County Council

Culture on referral

Research
Explore the evidence surrounding culture on referral programmes (also known as arts on prescription) and the implications for cultural sector practitioners and policymakers. This research digest reviews and summarises the academic literature and identifies where there is evidence and where further research is needed ...

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