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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

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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Fun Palaces 2019. Photo: Roswitha Chesher

Join our Advisory group

Would you like to help us to develop and implement our activities, and inform thinking and practice in the sector? We're seeking two new members to join the Centre’s Advisory group.
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Witness This, Company Chameleon. Photo: Joel Chester Fildes.

The Collaborate fund has now launched

We're excited to have launched Collaborate, a new fund to support research partnerships between the cultural sector and academic researchers. Information about how to apply and what's involved is now available.
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Calling cultural audiences and DIY creatives: share your creative and cultural experiences during Covid-19

Do you have a creative project produced during lockdown that you want to share? A moment of cultural engagement that means a lot to you? Did you take part in a creative activity in your community that you want to shine a light on?
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How to… find existing research

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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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

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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