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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.

Person wearing a mask stands in a shop window next to poster titled 'This Poem is for You'. They appear to be smiling and reaching out to two people walking past outside.
Photo: Andrew Moore

Insight into action: policy recommendations launched at UK Parliament

Following on from our ground-breaking research into the impact of Covid-19 on the UK’s creative and cultural sectors, we are now pleased to publish a new report detailing 12 evidence-led recommendations for policymakers.
Adah Parris
Photo: Adah Parris

Welcome new Advisory group and team members

We are pleased to share news of new appointments to our Advisory group and the Centre's core team, including Adah Parris as Advisory group Chair.
Light Night on Campus
Photo: University of Leeds

Fully-funded PhD opportunity – Evaluating Cities of Culture

As part of our collaboration with LEEDS 2023 and The Audience Agency we’ll be hosting a fully-funded PhD starting in September 2022.
Dream, 2021, rehearsal photo. An Audience of the Future project. The Royal Shakespeare Company in collaboration with Manchester International Festival, Marshmallow Laser Feast and Philharmonia Orchestra.
RSC DREAM, February 2021, photo Stuart Martin

Covid-19 and the global cultural and creative sector. Two years of constant learning – new foundations for a new world

This report is a follow up to Covid-19 and the global cultural and creative sector - what have we learned so far? published in October 2021. As the report author Anthony Sargent says: Where I left the story last year, I outlined what felt the most important learnings for the ...
Research digest: Older people - culture, community, connection
Yorkshire Dance. Dance On. Photo by Sara Teresa

Research digest: Older people – culture, community, connection

In recent years there has been growing interest in the role that cultural participation can play in older people’s wellbeing and sense of connection to other people. This interest has been noted within the cultural sector, as well as the voluntary, community and social enterprise sectors (e.g. AgeUK, The Baring ...
How to… write a learning case study
Wakefield Council's Festival of the Moon. Photo Andrew Benge

How to… write a learning case study

We all learn in different ways - through our practice as much as through the evaluation that follows. But how can you communicate your own learning journey in a way that benefits others? What do you need to consider before you start developing a case study? What does an effective ...
Culture in Crisis: impacts of Covid-19 on the UK cultural sector and where we go from here
The Lowry in Lockdown. Photo: Nathan Chandler

Culture in Crisis: impacts of Covid-19 on the UK cultural sector and where we go from here

Culture in Crisis shares research findings from one of the world's largest investigations into the impacts of Covid-19 on the cultural industries. The research project was led by the Centre for Cultural Value in collaboration with The Audience Agency and the Creative Industries Policy and Evidence Centre and was supported ...

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